Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Ascending or Descending the NH Mountains NW of Concord!
Bikes: Snazzy* Schwinns, Classy Cannondales, & a Lonely '83 Santana Tandem (* Ed.)
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Oooooooh! Aaaaaaaah! Another Super Sport project!
Thanks for taking the time to do this. I would have guessed the kickstand was at least 1.5 lbs, and was always curious how close to 5 lbs the cranks were. Now I know!
Another weigh (sic) to look at this, is that by removing the cranks and kickstand a SS rider can achieve about a 50% decrease in the overall frameset weight. By carefully selecting quality replacement bits, easily a 25% weight reduction can be achieved.
The final weight test is of course the most subjective. Line up your bikes and one by one grab them and see how the weigh in your hands. Sporty feels like a brick compared to a loaf of bread when it comes to the Paramounts, especially the '83, which feels like 1/2 a loaf. And when I compare it to my '01 C-Dale CAAD 4, the C-Dale feels like 2-3 slices of bread.
While heavy, no matter how carefully you make improvements, a SS rides like none of my other bikes. Confidently solid at speed, tight in the corners, and very maneuverable. I would think it will be a blast on the streets of San Francisco, just do your best to avoid those really steep climbs I've seen in your great city!
Best of luck on your project. Will it be PCed Opaque Blue?