just bought this for the princely sum of £299. Think all that carbon tat* is wasted on most people.
* I can't afford that carbon tat
Your probably right there, saw this on a cycling site:
It's a cliché for a good reason - because it's true. You decisions will be based on how serious you are about going fast, how much discomfort you're prepared to endure, what the course is like and how deep your pockets are. But don't be put off trying sportives just because you haven't got ‘all the gear'. My first sportive was ridden on a cheap flat barred road bike. I've ridden a 100 mile sportive on an MTB. I've also ridden a few sportives on a proper road bike and to be honest, the results were much the same. Each bike had it's merits.
A few years ago during an event in North Wales, I was passed by former End-to-End record holder Andy Wilkinson, who was riding a roadified Cannondale MTB with slicks and tri-bars. Now there's a guy who knows a thing or two about riding long and riding fast - and a great reminder that you don't have to follow the crowd.
Might just put slicks and bar ends on my bic equivalent for this year and see how I go, got a few rides planned in spring near my folks (Ambleside to Ullswater a kirkstone and duddon valley recreating the raleigh arena days) Doing 11 miles in 45 mins on the hilly (mow cop mile) part of my circuit so quite happy with that on 42mm tyres so expect a big improvement with thinner ones.
What's that bike btw