Riding the RideLondon sportive on sunday, just as Hurricane Burtha is due to strike. I've booked a hire set of FFWD 60mm carbon wheels, only put down a deposit of £10 so far, £30 balance due on collection tomorrow morning.
I've never ridden either carbon wheels or deep section wheels. Given the horrendous forecast for sunday's ride, would like to hear some opinions on whether it's wise riding them in strong winds and heavy rain?
Is it even worth it? Assuming given strong southerly winds forecast I'll be riding half of the ride into a strong headwind so not likely to be consistently hitting the 20mph 'pick up' point that deep section wheels apparently have.
If the general consensus is no, I'll cancel the booking and lose the tenner. If everyone thinks I'm being a big southern softie then I'll man up and hire them. The guy in the shop insists they'll be fine, he said he used the same wheels all year round on his only bike. But he would say that.
I'll have the chance to give them a spin on saturday if I do hire them. So if it's just a case of getting used to how an unfamiliar wheelset behaves then I'll have a chance to do that. If it's just going to be dangerous then obviously I won't bother as I don't want to the uncertainty looming over me on a day that is already going to be challenging.