This afternoon after getting off work, I went for about a 25-30 mile ride. I rode to this quaint little village, Mystic, Ct. I was in downtown Mystic waiting for the draw bridge. Some older scraggly looking dude on an older trek mtb rides up besides me.
He says in what sounded kinda like a condescending tone "I rode bikes back when it wasn't cool. I had six or seven. I bought one in 1971 for 1500 bucks".
Hmmm, that's a lotta money back in '71, I said.
What was is? Something Italian?
"Motobecane. It weighed about 14 pounds"
Really? I said. I desperately wanted to answer "yer fulla $hit!!!!" but, I just smiled and said have a nice ride and off we went.
14 pounds sounds a might bit on the light side for an almost 40 year old ride. I have done some reading on the topic, but, an a long way from being an expert. Real long.
What would a state of the art racing bike of that vintage weigh? I'm guessing around 21 lbs. Or maybe this dude just had an early prototype CF bike. So what if CF hadn't been invented yet.