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Old 05-28-05, 02:51 AM   #1
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Is a 38 pound bike better than a 22?

I have a 1985 Ross road bike that's a real tank -- 38 pounds ready to roll. I also have a 1994 aluminum Trek 1400 that weighs in at 22 pounds. My theory is, the heavier bike gives a better workout, especially in my area where the hills are more plentiful than the flats. The heavier bike is also faster on the downhills. I can attain 44 mph on the Ross; 40 with the Trek. Has any other senior cyclist found this to be true?
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I'm not a bicycle expert, but have participated in athletics of various nature for a long time. Training is specific. If your aim is to train to push a heavy bike around, then the Ross is best. However either bike can handle you putting the same wattage into your workouts. Thus, from a pure fitness view, it should make no difference - other than for the same effort, all things being equal, you'll be moving faster on the lighter bike.
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I have a 1985 Ross road bike that's a real tank -- 38 pounds ready to roll. I also have a 1994 aluminum Trek 1400 that weighs in at 22 pounds. My theory is, the heavier bike gives a better workout, especially in my area where the hills are more plentiful than the flats. The heavier bike is also faster on the downhills. I can attain 44 mph on the Ross; 40 with the Trek. Has any other senior cyclist found this to be true?
You're comparing apples to oranges mate. One is a cheap everyman's machine, the other is a newer
everyman's machine. Both will give a good workout.
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Old 05-28-05, 04:36 PM   #4
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Both will give a good workout but the lighter bike will be more enjoyable.
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Old 05-28-05, 05:52 PM   #5
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It depends on what you're trying to do. If you put the same horsepower engine in two different weight vehicles, the lighter one will move faster.
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It's all about the fun. Which one do you like better?
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