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Old 04-20-06, 01:29 PM   #1
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Does Weight Matter in Location?

If you take a 160-lb rider, and put him on a 30-lb bike, is that the same as putting a 170-lb rider on a 20-lb bike?

I ask because I'm wondering if it's better to put equipment in a bag, or on the bike itself.
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Old 04-20-06, 02:57 PM   #2
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If you take a 160-lb rider, and put him on a 30-lb bike, is that the same as putting a 170-lb rider on a 20-lb bike?

I ask because I'm wondering if it's better to put equipment in a bag, or on the bike itself.
The lighter the bike- the better it will ride uphills or on the flat. Subject to being better made and set up.
Taking it that you are talking about carrying a 10lbs weight of tools or spares about. For comfort I would try to put it on the bike, but this affects the handling of the bike. I carry around 10lbs (Tools,spares, food and clothing)in a top bag on a pannier on my long rides. This does make the centre of gravity higher and the bike loses some of its stability. Then again 10lbs in a back pack may not affect stability, but on a long ride it would make my back ache.Bum bags I do not like- frame bags are better but you cannot get 10lbs in them.

Back pack or bike- Take your pick- neither are good, but sometimes necessary.
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Uphill- no difference. It's all static weight.
Level, downhill- depends on how aero you get. If you drop down to gain speed, that backback might slow you more than a rear rack pack. If you use wheel side panniers, you're delivering papers again and not flying.

I prefer on bike so when cornering I don't run the risk of weight shifting and changing my arc.
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The question is about balance I take.

I prefer to carry most gear on the frame and some gear on myself.
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