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Old 10-19-04, 05:49 PM   #1
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cheap ways to lighten my bike

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Old 10-19-04, 06:10 PM   #2
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You can cut you handlebars ,remove the training wheel, and fill you innertubes with hydrogen.
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Old 10-19-04, 06:15 PM   #3
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Damn, to-bad you didn't have a mtb, I'd say lose 2 chainings and the front Der.

Cut off some seatpost, 4 inches inside the frame is enough.
Run only 1 brake.
Drill speedholes 'till your bike looks like swiss cheese.
Get hollow axles (q-release).
Find more places to drill speedholes.
Fill your tires wth helium or any lighter than air gas- NO, NOT HYDROGEN! Remember the Hindenburg!
Use smaller\ lighter tires.
Remove your valve caps.
Replace reflectors (if any) with reflective tape.

Or spend money on HQ parts.
BMX being a jump bike, I wouldn't worry about weight, stength is the major factor.

Remove every second spoke on both wheels.

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Old 10-19-04, 06:16 PM   #4
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seriously though. what should i replace/change that will lighten my bike?
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Old 10-19-04, 06:19 PM   #5
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Describe or pic your bike, might help.
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Old 10-19-04, 06:23 PM   #6
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Get hollow axles (q-release).
I've seen a total of one person ride those on a BMX bike over the last ten years.

His front wheel popped off his bike when he was tailwhipping a quarterpipe.
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Old 10-19-04, 06:26 PM   #7
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i have a really cheap bike because i am a not a HUGE BMX fan. what i mean is i go off little jumps, and i do wheelies,manuals stuff like that. so i don't worry about having an expensive bike (Haro, Diamondback)

i have a next flatspin. with steel frame/rims. i don't have the front pegs on. is there such a thing as lighter pegs? rims? tires?
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O.k, hex out axles. ( I use 'cause yes, some joker opened mine and I didn't notice....for a while.. )
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Old 10-19-04, 06:29 PM   #9
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what do u mean hex out axles? can i buy lighter rims or pegs?

also u can laugh at my crappy bike. since it isn't as cool or stylish as what u guys have
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Old 10-19-04, 06:35 PM   #10
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A quick release axle is hollow, a steel shaft run through. Hex outs have a lock pin on one side that stops by slotting the dropout, this is the nut.
The other side is a hex key tightened bolt and shaft.
Man that's a lousy description. I'll get a pic.

Get some nice alloy rims, rotational weight (tires, rims) is the most noticable in weight reduction.

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There is no way that that thing has steel rims. It's probably just cheap-grade aluminum.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...3A4182%3A61889

Lose the pegs, take off the chainguard, remove the front brakes, ditch the reflectors, cut the seatpost down so that there's only three or so inches in the seattube, and drop the kickstand.
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A Next Flatspin nice. walmart bike?
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yes. ha ha. i don't feel like wasting $400 just to do little jumps.

let me guess if the bike costs less than $400 its a piece of crap.

i don't know y u guys would want a bike that costs $400 or more. i would be to afraid to ride it. ( wouldn't want it to get stolen, busted)
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i have a $200 bike if i had 400 dollars i'll buy a car off the streets. i'm just going to look for a job and update my bike
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i don't know y u guys would want a bike that costs $400 or more. i would be to afraid to ride it.
I feel much more confident riding my $1300 bike with quality parts on it than a Walmart bike with one-piece cranks, caliper brakes, and plastic pedals, thank you.
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u don't have to be an @$$ whole. i was talking about how i would be to afraid to ride it because it would probably get stolen or vandalized, thank you
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Actually, you also said "busted", which would refer to parts being broken. As for it being stolen, that's what a good lock and good common sense is for.
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i didnt mean literally busted. but someone could take it and scrape the **$$ out of it or knock something out of alignment
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i didnt mean literally busted. but someone could take it and scrape the **$$ out of it or knock something out of alignment
You mean someone other than me!

I don't even have paint on my steel anymore, I put them dents in myself!

Doesn't matter if it gets knocked, I built my bike to survive crashes.

Build your bike tuff too.
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Old 10-19-04, 07:37 PM   #20
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if your not even serious about bmxing then whats the point of losing weight?
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well his Next bike maybe weight like 42 pounds thats like a tank next to the bikes we have.
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Old 10-19-04, 07:43 PM   #22
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how much does your bike weigh
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mine weighs like 17-20ish
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Cut off some seatpost, 4 inches inside the frame is enough. Advice
Run only 1 brake. Advice
Drill speedholes 'till your bike looks like swiss cheese. Joke, but it is done.
Get hollow axles (q-release). Advice, maybe not good.
Find more places to drill speedholes. Advice..Joke, Sucka.
Fill your tires wth helium or any lighter than air gas- NO, NOT HYDROGEN! Remember the Hindenburg! Advice
Use smaller\ lighter tires. Advice
Remove your valve caps. Joke..C'mon.
Replace reflectors (if any) with reflective tape. Advice

Or spend money on HQ parts. Advice



Remove every second spoke on both wheels. Joke..really.
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i didnt mean literally busted. but someone could take it and scrape the **$$ out of it or knock something out of alignment
It doesn't matter how it looks, it matters how it rides; look at my chainstays for example:

And my right pedal and crankarm:


As for alignment, that's what tools are for. It's not like it's all that easy to knock something around, anyway, if you tighten it properly.
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