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    My commuter rig is too light!

    I've been working part-time wrenching at a local shop and the boss has spent the last week tweaking out his new Cannondale Scalpel Team to get it under 21 lbs (currently 21.14, but he still has to go tubeless). Just as a comparison, I rode my commuter in and threw it up on the scale knowing it HAD to be at least twice as heavy. 38.19 lbs. Frick! Castro Valley (steel) with rear rack, Wald folding grocery panniers, bell, blinkies, headlight, X-mas lights and all. I'll weigh my messenger bag today, hopefully that'll tip it over.

    Besides a front rack, which I'm adding soon, any suggestions on additional items to make it more of a tank? (I'm going to stay away from on-board sound systems for now)
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    Large BXM style platform pedals would help!

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    Sounds like call for DIY lights with a really big battery!
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    I just weighed mine Saturday and it was an even 30 pounds heavier than the Look road bike they weighed before it. If you want to add serious weight, as others have said get a big sprung Brooks saddle and make your own lights using a 12 volt lead acid battery. Seriously though, once you get to a certain point it may start to get old lugging that much weight around.

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    Mine is sub 20 lbs. Apparently I must be doing something wrong.

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    My good-weather commuter is 19 pounds with all permanent attached accessories (rack, bottle cages)

    I'd bet my MTB is only 35 or so.
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    My commuter bike itself is right around 27-28 lbs. It's all in the batteries for my lights and in my wheels (deep-Vs with tire liners and puncture-resistant tubes).

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    Yeah I screwed up as well. Mine weighs in a 17.9 lbs. It's a fixie though so pretty stripped down.
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    Put a radio on the rack, like this...

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    Maybe you didn't read this?

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    (I'm going to stay away from on-board sound systems for now)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ax0n View Post
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    Heck, just throw a brick or two in the bags!

    You can call it weight for traction if you need a reason!

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    Instead a brick you could grab a few 20 lb dumbbells. Then stop off at the park on the way home to perform a few curls to impress the ladies. Either that or lift a few sets while riding. If a motorist aggravates you then throw it into their windshield.

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    Eat a couple more donuts every day... and ride a couple fewer miles.

    Problem solved!

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    Mr. Tuffy Tire liners will slow you down quick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treespeed View Post
    Mr. Tuffy Tire liners will slow you down quick.
    Sad but true...

    However when you do get back on your other bikes you can really fly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Percist View Post
    I've been working part-time wrenching at a local shop and the boss has spent the last week tweaking out his new Cannondale Scalpel Team to get it under 21 lbs (currently 21.14, but he still has to go tubeless). Just as a comparison, I rode my commuter in and threw it up on the scale knowing it HAD to be at least twice as heavy. 38.19 lbs. Frick! Castro Valley (steel) with rear rack, Wald folding grocery panniers, bell, blinkies, headlight, X-mas lights and all. I'll weigh my messenger bag today, hopefully that'll tip it over.

    Besides a front rack, which I'm adding soon, any suggestions on additional items to make it more of a tank? (I'm going to stay away from on-board sound systems for now)
    Mine probably weights at least that much, if not more. It's an inexpensive Fuji hybrid, with a rack, the same Wald folding baskets, bell, blinkies, under-seat pack. But the kicker is the heavy u-lock carried at all times. If you're looking for an extra few pounds (and an effective self-defense system), you can't beat the ol' u-lock.

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    Carry at least three extra tubes- and ditch the multitool; carry a full set of shop wrenches.

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    Get some steel fenders!

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    Heh, if some of the people in the roadie forums saw this thread they'd freak out. It's like Bizzaro World. Everything is backwards!!!

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    When not riding it, I must strap my bike down or it will float around on air currents.
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