I've been wrestling with the question of buying an aero helmet for a long time now and need the official TriFuel "vote."
I am doing the California HIM in three weeks as my first real race of my first real season of racing. I'm definitely at a plateau in my personal performance, meaning that I'm working as hard as I can but not getting a whole lot faster. My goal for the race is AT LEAST 20.0mph, but I'm thinking now I'll be lucky to turn 19.0.
My real hesitation is that I'll look like a total goober as a middle-of-the-pack'er with an aero helmet. Part of me thinks, "who cares what everyone else says," but part of me is also very self conscious about those things. Maybe I'll be doing everyone ahead of me a favor by giving them an excuse to say "I beat the guy with the aero helmet."
So in all honesty, would you look scornfully at a slow newbie with a race helmet?