Tabriz, You'll notice the 10 lb. weight loss more at the beginning of cycling than you will later on. At the beginning physical condition is usually much less than after around six months and as the physical conditioning improves a 10 lb. weight loss will be less apparent.
A friend of mine classifies weight loss as "fast shed" and "slow shed". The fast shed is the weight he loses quickly just through exercise, slow shed weight loss also incorporates dieting to lose weight.
It depends on the time as well as the weight. For example if you lose 10lbs all at once, you will notice it, say you ride up a hill on a 30lb bike, then repeat on a 20lb bike, you will notice it. If however you lose 1lb a week for 10 weeks, then it's going to be much harder to notice. Partly because it's gradual and partly because your fitness level improves if your riding regularly and you might attribute the improvement in performance largely to the fitness improvement. 24 miles with 12 of it being uphill is pretty good at the 6 week mark....
Originally Posted by tabriz
10 pounds is like 2 bags of baking flour. Pick them up the next time you're in the grocery store. It makes a difference
[QUOTE=chipcom;11716590]Not much improvement to get from the bike there...I wanted to make sure you weren't using a MTB with suspension fork and knobbies.
LOL!! I'd be a MONSTER if I could ride my heavy old mountain bike up that hill! That's probably what I should be doing, think of all the exercise I'd get. On second thought, considering how I feel doing it on my light road bike, I think I would just die.
[QUOTE=dbikingman;11717482]Everyone is pulling your leg. It won't get easier....you will only go faster
NO! Don't tell me that!
You could be right! Unless, of course, you've forgotten to take cadence into account... The tricky thing about cadence is that it allows you to spin the pedals at a different rate, yet still produce the same amount of power (on average) and maintain the same average speed despite being in a different gear. Who knew?
Originally Posted by chasm54
In any event, you can continue to think what you want. I've got real-world data from a PowerTap power meter and the heavily researched Kreuzotter equations on my side, but don't let that stop you from thinking that 10lbs makes a difference for me