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    Bike weight. Is my bike too heavy?

    So I got my new bike.. been trying to work on the saddle. On a whim I threw it on a bathroom scale, holding it upright with the front wheel straight up and the back tire on the scale. It weighed 30lbs (with fenders and a kick stand).
    I was shocked because it doesn't feel like it should weight 30lbs.
    Is that pretty heavy?
    Is that even an issue?

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    Not an issue if it gets you where you're going. Lightness is nice, but not a requirement. This one went on an 80-mile trip at over 50 pounds in January:


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    30lbs is medium weight... some of the heavier ones are a good 40~60lbs.

    it's not an issue as long as you can lift your bike over flights of stairs.
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    If your bike is mainly for commuting 30lbs sounds good. It just needs to be durable and able to hold enough stuff. You do not need the lightest bike to commute. As long as you keep the chain lubed and the bike well maintained you shouldnt have no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarich View Post
    On a whim I threw it on a bathroom scale, holding it upright with the front wheel straight up and the back tire on the scale.
    It would be easier to weigh yourself, then weigh yourself holding the whole bike and then subtracting.

    It that makes you feel stupid, don't worry about it. I used to do what you did until I saw my friend's younger sister do that to weigh her dog.
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    comes out to 29lbs that way. I guess if I took the kick stand and racks off I would probably weigh in at 28lbs. Still.. thought it would be lighter. Oh well.

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    You could buy a Wal Mart Roadmaster and weight it. It'll make your current bike seem light.
    Weight really only matters when accelerating or hill climbing.

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    I comute on a 22lb trek road bike. But with racks, bags, lights, lock, fenders etc, it comes in around 30lbs.

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    Weight savings, IMO, are not as crucial to commuting. My commuter weighs in anywhere from 25-30 pounds depending on what I'm carrying at the time. As long as I can get it up the hills on my commuter, it's light enough.

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    Heavier bikes go down hill faster I haven't worried about bike weight in years...of course I ride a Raleigh Superbe that probably tips the scales at close to 40#'s Riding a bike day in and day out puts stress on the various components, you want durability and serviceable parts, not lightest weight. Most of my bikes that are used for general riding are in the 30# range or a bit more because of frame size (XL)

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    I commute on a touring bike. With fenders, fat tires, rack, lighting, 2 full water bottles, and trunk bag filled with basic bike supplies, I top 40 lbs. By the time I attach the rear panniers with some rain gear and lunch and clothes for the day, my bike is above 45 lbs. Not a problem for me. I probably drop about 1 to 1.5 mph of speed at this weight versus my sub 20 lb road bike, but I'm either commuting or touring and not racing. I'm out to enjoy the ride, so speed is not a big issue.
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    No... Your bike is not that heavy. 30 pounds is a good mid-weight bike. I think frame and component strength is a bigger concern for the commuter. My Specialized Globe 6 IG8 weighs in at 33 pounds, without the trunk bag of stuff (tools, lock, cable) at 7 pounds. If I load in my change of clothes for work, it comes in a bit more.

    Depending on the terrain of the commute, you will most likely get used to the weight of a bike and not think about it much. (In my case, the bike isn't so much the problem, it's the 15 pounds of fat I could shed that would make a difference.)

    I found riding a heavy commuter has really strengthened my legs. When I get on my 18.5 pound road bike for a Sunday morning ride, it feels light as a feather.

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    Just one man's opinion but....

    I used to ride a bike that tipped the scales at 32 pounds, but now I mostly ride one that's a svelte 23 pounds. Losing that weight made riding more enjoyable for me. I think I'd enjoy an even lighter bike even more, but there's probably diminishing returns. And at this point going lighter starts getting pretty damn expensive.

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    30 lbs for a bike set up for commuting isn't bad. The accessories you end up mounting add up quick don't they?

    The only way to get a sub 25 lb commuter is some exotic bike that you then use with a back pack (so the weight storage isn't counted when you weigh the bike) and live with "skunk stripe" when it rains. In otherwords just the bike itself with no accessories.
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    The heavier the bike; the stronger the mother*!@#*#$ that is pedaling that thing uphill.

    I had a 50 pound commuter once.
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    A base weight of 25 pounds is what I consider decent for a well made commuter / tourer and once you add fenders, racks, bags, lights, etc you are going to be close to 30 pounds.

    My old Raleigh Superbe weighed 42 pounds while my "new" Rudge 3 speed, which replaced it, only weighs 37 pounds.

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    You got a light bike there. My bike weighs in at a good 45 +/- and I have to haul it up a flight of stairs every day since I live upstairs. Not bad all in all good for the body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarich View Post
    Is that pretty heavy?
    Is that even an issue?
    No, but it makes your ass look fat!

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    over snowy-ice paths/streets, it's prolly better to have some weight so the tread/studs can dig in. Before I transition to the beasty MTN snow bike, my Jamis Aurora commuter gets pretty squirelly on the slick pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zarich View Post
    I was shocked because it doesn't feel like it should weight 30lbs.
    Is that pretty heavy?
    Is that even an issue?
    My long distance bike weighs almost 30. I consider 30 to be about average for a commuter bike, and I don't think it's heavy at all.

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    My bike weighs around 32-36 lbs depending on what kind of panniers I take with me. A good 4 lbs of that are my locks, but I can't imagine not taking those with me. The only days I find cycling my behemoth hard going is grocery shopping days -- I probably drag home another 20 to 30 lbs on my bike. Yep, and it's uphill almost the whole way home.
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    I often have over 20 lbs of books, locks and groceries on my commuter. I don't worry about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajman View Post
    I often have over 20 lbs of books, locks and groceries on my commuter. I don't worry about it.
    +1. exactly.
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    For Commuting, suppose you have a 160 lb rider with 10 lb of gear. With a 30 lb bike, you're pedaling 200 lbs. Around. A 25 lb bike would decrease your weight by 2.5%. That's hardly significant if you're not racing.

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