In preparing for a supported cross-country tour this summer, I'm trying to get my weight down as I don't feel like lugging an extra 15-20 pounds over the Rockies. In doing research, I found several sources that say an "ideal bicycling weight" is 2 lb per inch of height. I'm 57 years old and 5'6" so that would be 132 pounds. Well, that ain't happening! Here's the issue -- good cyclists seem to be extremely thin in their upper body, while as I get older I'm trying to minimize strength loss so I'm lifting weights 3 times per week and getting on the rower a couple of times per week. My goal weight for the ride is 150 pounds which results in a BMI of 24.2. Also, from a vanity standpoint, I find that when I go any lighter I just don't look as good as my face is not as full-looking. Just out of curiosity, what have you guys found as the proper balance between cycling weight and maintaining upper body strength?