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Old 12-09-05, 06:07 PM   #1
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Commuter's new nickname is "TANK"

stopped by the LBS today for various reasons... and while i was in there, they weighed my commuter. total with everything on it including: rack, panniers, light system, underseat bag to carry battery for light system, and the necessary tools and tubes for flats.

total: 50 pounds.

by the way... my battery (5 AH from radio shack) for my lighting system weighed in at 3 1/2 pounds roughly.

i think that's pretty heavy for a commuter. could be wrong though.

The owner looked at me and said "wow, when you get a real road bike... you're going to fly"


just thought i'd share.
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Old 12-09-05, 06:47 PM   #2
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Interesting. I don't have any way to weigh mine, unless I stand on the bathroom scale while holding my bike, and then subtract my body weight. With 50lbs do you find that your ride is very smooth? My light aluminum frame tends to be a lot more jarring than a steel framed bike.
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Old 12-09-05, 06:48 PM   #3
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Mine weighs 54lb, nyeh nyeh
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Old 12-09-05, 07:43 PM   #4
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Wow.
- Do you guys commute on full suspension offroad bikes?
You get to wear fullface helmets! -they are really warm!
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Old 12-11-05, 09:46 AM   #5
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well, i guess the weight of my commuter has been eating at me.... or my back, i should say. i had to go to the ER on friday night b/c of back spasms...in 31yrs of living, first time i've ridden in an ambulance. won't be riding for another 2 or 3 weeks...

guess i should be stretching more. which i will be from now on... lesson learned the hard way.

one crappy little piece of the puzzle: friday, the wife and i went and picked out the trainer i wanted for christmas... she bought it for me as an early present. now all i can do is look at it.

remember folks... stretch and take care of your back.

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Once when I was in my lbs, the mech lifted up my commuter bike (two panniers, 5 Ah sla battery & geek lights) and said "There is only one word for a bike like this."

"Respect"
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remember folks... stretch and take care of your back.
Yikers. My back has been twitchy this week, wonder if it's the bike? Acupuncture helped me immensely when I had back problems a few years ago due to a horrible office chair.

Heal up, pardner.
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Interesting. I don't have any way to weigh mine, unless I stand on the bathroom scale while holding my bike, and then subtract my body weight. With 50lbs do you find that your ride is very smooth? My light aluminum frame tends to be a lot more jarring than a steel framed bike.
Most LBSs that I've been in have bike scales. Usually they're hanging from the ceiling.
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I just weighed my commuter last week also. This was my skinny tired old steel frame commuter with rack, fenders and lights as I ride it daily. I was surprised that it only weighed 26 lbs. Ofcourse being a fixe helps a little.
Then what do I do but canibalize it this weekend to build a winter commuter with studded tires out of an old Schwinn tourer. This bike is much heavier. I'll have to weigh it at the LBS next chance I get.
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Old 12-12-05, 05:41 PM   #10
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The name of mine just changed to "The Pig". When I loaded it up one day on my way to work (had to stay overnight to babysit servers...) I had both rear pannier stuffed to the max, and a big blanket rolled up in a trash bag strapped across the panniers. Did I mention I was still breaking in my studded tires? Yeah it was a bear to pedal all weighed down. Fully loaded I'd guess 40-45lbs. Stripped down with slick tires about 27lbs I think. I'm just guessing though. Its Not Light(tm). But then again, at 315lbs (down from 345lbs ) I'm not light either!
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Hey Rick ... start saving to get rid off the extra skin when the fat is gone!

At the pace you are going, you will want to start a savings account for that NOW!
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Old 12-12-05, 07:17 PM   #12
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OK, as I noted elsewhere, I rode across the truck scales at work 2 months ago and registered 260 lb. Body weight was 195, so 65 lb commuter, counting extra cloths, tools, a 15 AH 12 volt battery, geek lights, food, and a Bruce Gordon touring bike.
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Old 12-12-05, 11:59 PM   #13
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Hey Rick ... start saving to get rid off the extra skin when the fat is gone!

At the pace you are going, you will want to start a savings account for that NOW!
Thaty's RyKo to you!

Yeah, I've considered a tummy tuck, but after seeing the final episode of The Biggest Loser, some of the guys didn't look to bad. And it won't bother me unless it hurts or is visible when clothed. I'll just be happy to be lighter under 230 or so. My ultimate goal someday is to be 200lbs. But that's 115lbs down the road. Right now I'm shooting for 300 and I don't think I'm too far....
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Old 12-13-05, 04:52 AM   #14
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My winter commuter weights 35 pounds, Summer bike 22 pounds.
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Hmm, my bike weigh the same if you count the extra pounds around the waist I'd like to drop (not that I look all that plump, but not lean either!).
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mine weighs about 30-40 lbs. I'm expecting that to increase mebbe when nashbar sends over my pannier bags. (Its a Surly LHT btw)
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Just weighed mine on the shipping scale in our shop. 36lbs
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My commuter bike with everything weighs in at 55 lbs. The bike itself is not all that heavy. It is a Novarra Randonee road bike but the everything includes: numerous lights, water bottle, rear rack/panniers, pump & repair stuff, full rain gear, work clothes for the day, and finally a backpack with laptop computer. I don't really mind the weight. I could be more organized and drop stuff off at work but I like being self contained. I just have a different riding style when I commute. Obviously it is more like loaded touring than the typical club ride. But I'm loving the commuting.

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remember folks... stretch and take care of your back.
I ride laying on my back! (Couldn't resist.) C'mon over to the "dark side" if your back continues bothering you.
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