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    Worry about bike weight?

    I'm going to do my first bike race this year. I'll be doing the Tour of Kensington Valley, and the Milford Criterium. Both in Milford, MI.

    What I'm wondering is this: my bike is close to 12 lbs. Do I have to worry about getting up to 14 lbs or whatever the minimum weight limit is? Do local races follow those UCI or whatever rules?

    Thanks!

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    I wouldn't worry about it unless you are racing a P/1 race or are racing in an event overseen by UCI.
    What I would worry about more is with a bike that weight durability can be an issue and I would worry about cracking/snapping something. There is a reason that UCI and most pro riders have weight limits on their bikes, yes they are faster but also safer.
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    Well, in the 13 cat-5 races I did last year, nobody ever weighed my bike. Then again, I doubt my bike, with mostly 105 parts and cheap OEM wheels drew too much suspicion.

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    Interesting. What is the minimum weight? 14lbs? 15lbs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debusama View Post
    Well, in the 13 cat-5 races I did last year, nobody ever weighed my bike. Then again, I doubt my bike, with mostly 105 parts and cheap OEM wheels drew too much suspicion.


    nor do 5's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celerystalksme View Post
    I'm going to do my first bike race this year. I'll be doing the Tour of Kensington Valley, and the Milford Criterium. Both in Milford, MI.

    What I'm wondering is this: my bike is close to 12 lbs. Do I have to worry about getting up to 14 lbs or whatever the minimum weight limit is? Do local races follow those UCI or whatever rules?

    Thanks!
    if you don't know what the minimum weight limit is, don't go to Europe

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    pics of said 12lb bike?

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    12 pound bike and you've never raced. BF poster/ hero of the decade.

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    It takes a bit of money to get a mid size road bike down to sub 14lbs. I want to see pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post
    15lbs
    14.99.

    You'll never be a weight weenie.

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    I can't imagine anyone weighing bikes for a cat 5 race.

    More importantly, are there any climbs in the Tour of Kensington Valley where a 12lb bike might help? Otherwise, I'd worry more about making sure the engine is in good shape.

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    I wouldn't race a 12 lb bike in a Cat 5 race. Hell, I wouldn't race it period. Fragile and way too expensive for me to wreck. I'd rather race a 16 lb bike, unless someone else is paying the bills (and I don't mean your mother).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
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    18 posts and no facepalm? wtf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
    I can't imagine anyone weighing bikes for a cat 5 race.

    More importantly, are there any climbs in the Tour of Kensington Valley where a 12lb bike might help? Otherwise, I'd worry more about making sure the engine is in good shape.
    There are no climbs in the race, a couple of rollers, but a light bike won't give any advantage in that race

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    There's no way I'd race a 12lb bike. It would snap under the massive power of my enormous guads. Or crumple under my fat ass. Whichever occurs first.
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    i want to see pics of this bike as well!! i shure as heck wouldn race my 12lb bike in a cat 5 race!!
    if you wont post pics at least give us a build list. please
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    Quote Originally Posted by celerystalksme View Post
    I'm going to do my first bike race this year. I'll be doing the Tour of Kensington Valley, and the Milford Criterium. Both in Milford, MI.

    What I'm wondering is this: my bike is close to 12 lbs. Do I have to worry about getting up to 14 lbs or whatever the minimum weight limit is? Do local races follow those UCI or whatever rules?

    Thanks!
    303.

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    Do you mean 3OH!3
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    Quote Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
    Do you mean 3OH!3
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