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Old 05-29-07, 08:15 AM   #1
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2000 Raleigh SC30 weight

Does anyone know how much this bike weighs with Kenda Kross Plus 26x1.95 tires on it? I've tried to find the specs for it online, to no avail.

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Old 05-29-07, 08:28 AM   #2
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If you own the bike the easiest way to get an answer is to weigh it. Fish scales are fairly accurate and inexpensive. You can also probably take it to a shop and ask them to weigh it. Most have scales already set up.
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Stand on scales while holding your bike. Stand on the scales alone. Do the math.
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If you own the bike the easiest way to get an answer is to weigh it. Fish scales are fairly accurate and inexpensive. You can also probably take it to a shop and ask them to weigh it. Most have scales already set up.
+1. Every bike has three weights: What the manufacturer says that it weighs, what the guy who owns it thinks that it weighs, and what my scale says that it weighs. Guess which one is ALWAYS highest?
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Old 05-30-07, 08:47 AM   #5
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Stand on scales while holding your bike. Stand on the scales alone. Do the math.
I've considered that, JanMM...might do it if I can't find the answer online.

:::doing the math::: 196.5 - 162.5 = bike weight of 34 pounds.

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Used to do the bathrrom scale thing,but was hard to read the numbers. Bought a digital 50lbs fishing scale this weekend for $20. Much easier to use,and prolly more accurate.
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Old 05-31-07, 07:39 AM   #7
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Used to do the bathrrom scale thing,but was hard to read the numbers. Bought a digital 50lbs fishing scale this weekend for $20. Much easier to use,and prolly more accurate.
In any event, what pro's, con's and methods are there to lightening my bike?

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the method woulde be buying lighter parts, the pro is that climbing will become a little bit easier, the con that light and sufficiently stong parts will probably cost more in the end than just buying a lighter bike.
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the method woulde be buying lighter parts, the pro is that climbing will become a little bit easier, the con that light and sufficiently stong parts will probably cost more in the end than just buying a lighter bike.
Damn, and I just finished telling Portis I'm going to stck with my Kenda Kross Pluss, 26x1.95, 620 gram tires. Now, I'm thinking lighter-weight tires would be a good place to start ewducing my bike's bulk.
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Oh great Stacey. Now I feel I wasted the money on my new bike. I was trying to aviod going on a diet.
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The pro to lightening a bike is more speed/easier going. The cons are price and the fact that some lighter compenents aren't as strong.

Realise that if you're not racing,it's prolly not worth it to spend big bucks to drop a pound or two. Also,for a comfort bike like yours,you'd prolly be better off just getting a different bike. For what you'd spend to get the weight down significantly,you could just buy a performance hybrid or road bike.

There are two changes you could do that would really help without costing a fortune. First,and easiest,is the tires. Swapping them for something thinner/smoother/lighter/higher pressure will give you a noticable increase in performance. If you mainly ride in the street,I'd suggest some WTB Slickasaurus or Specialized Nimbus Flak Jackets in 1.5". Second,if you have a suspension fork,swap it for a rigid. You'll save weight and you won't have to deal with the dampening effect caused by suspension. These two things will give you the best bang for your buck in terms of lightening your ride and increasing your speed.
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The pro to lightening a bike is more speed/easier going. The cons are price and the fact that some lighter compenents aren't as strong.

Realise that if you're not racing,it's prolly not worth it to spend big bucks to drop a pound or two. Also,for a comfort bike like yours,you'd prolly be better off just getting a different bike. For what you'd spend to get the weight down significantly,you could just buy a performance hybrid or road bike.

There are two changes you could do that would really help without costing a fortune. First,and easiest,is the tires. Swapping them for something thinner/smoother/lighter/higher pressure will give you a noticable increase in performance. If you mainly ride in the street,I'd suggest some WTB Slickasaurus or Specialized Nimbus Flak Jackets in 1.5". Second,if you have a suspension fork,swap it for a rigid. You'll save weight and you won't have to deal with the dampening effect caused by suspension. These two things will give you the best bang for your buck in terms of lightening your ride and increasing your speed.
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Old 06-01-07, 08:18 AM   #14
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The following has nothing to do with weight. Does my bike havw a front suspension? It doesn't look like it does, and I certainly don't feel it, like I did when testing other bikes. If it *does* have a front suspension, how might I adjust it?

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Old 06-01-07, 08:34 AM   #15
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The following has nothing to do with weight. Does my bike havw a front suspension? It doesn't look like it does, and I certainly don't feel it, like I did when testing other bikes. If it *does* have a front suspension, how might I adjust it?

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Edit: n/m...seems my 'comfort' bike has no suspension...joy.
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Old 06-01-07, 08:36 AM   #16
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damn! I thought I did a simple edit. Apologies for the double-post.
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I have a 99 SC30, it's well over the 30 pound mark. Cutting a few pounds from buying lighter components isn't going to do much other than lighten your wallet. The SC30 was not a bike designed for speed. The Kenda Kross are the stock tires that mine came with. I replaced them with the Specialized Nimbus 1.5's and the difference is very noticeable.

Still, I prefer to commute with a old 10 speed Miyata road bike that I picked up at a garage sale. I leave the SC30 for bad weather.
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I have a 99 SC30, it's well over the 30 pound mark. Cutting a few pounds from buying lighter components isn't going to do much other than lighten your wallet. The SC30 was not a bike designed for speed. The Kenda Kross are the stock tires that mine came with. I replaced them with the Specialized Nimbus 1.5's and the difference is very noticeable.

Still, I prefer to commute with a old 10 speed Miyata road bike that I picked up at a garage sale. I leave the SC30 for bad weather.
Thanks, Trumbull. I understand that the SC30 isn't designed for racing, and that's fine, As to your comment about tires, I'll check reviews of the Nimbuses. It'a nice to see at least one other person haas the same bike I have.

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I was bored; it's raining; and my bike's at my parents' place, so I thought I'd drive over; pay them a visit; and, while I was there, I took the reflectors off the handle bar & off the seat post, replacing them with a(n el cheapo) Schwinn halogen headlight & accompanying red tail light. Oh, I also got the bottle bracket & bottle put on. Most of these little projects were a piece of cake...except for the tail light. That thing had me twisted into all manner of odd contortions & swearing like any Browncoat worthy of his membership.

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Great. You've added more weight.
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Great. You've added more weight.
I knew someone like you would say that. Later, though, I get to take some weight back off. The new tires will be lighter. My Kenda Krosses are 620 grams apiece, whereas the Michelin Country Muds are listed as 585 grams apiece.
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My SC30 weighs 28lbs. as seen in the picture.

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