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Old 03-02-08, 01:27 AM   #1
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South bay folks: where can I get a cheap fish scale to weigh my bike.

So got a new bike, I've been doing the weigh myself, then weigh myself plus bike method.

I would love to find out the true weight. Right now, it's at about 15.4 lb. With new tires next week, I should save another 150 grams or so. That would put me very close to 15 lb.

I just need a cheap scale, nothing fancy. digital is nice.

Thanks all.
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Old 03-02-08, 04:09 AM   #2
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Try Walmart in the sporting goods and/or fishing section. Should be able to find one there cheap or if you want an exact weight take your bike to a post office or UPS store and tell them you want a weight for shipping because you are going to put it on ebay or what ever.
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Old 03-02-08, 07:29 AM   #3
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Digi "bathroom" scales (why bathroom? heh) are not expensive; the cheapest read to the nearest pound, midranges .1 to .5 pound.

Weigh bike + you, you, subtract.

Repeat!

Of course it's the bike, to the gram, eh?

You could nextag it:

http://www.nextag.com/digital-fish-s...62B23D317BE159

Congrats on your lightness!

My 1985 Myata 310 weighs only four pounds less than my mtn bike, well, almost five pounds less now that I've invested in a nice saddle, removed the quills and installed my #2 TIMEs...
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Old 03-02-08, 10:39 AM   #4
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I got a hanging luggage scale from Target (in their luggage section). It was around $15. Seems OK but is only marked to .5pound/.25kg resolution.
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Digi "bathroom" scales (why bathroom? heh) are not expensive; the cheapest read to the nearest pound, midranges .1 to .5 pound.

Weigh bike + you, you, subtract.

Repeat!

Of course it's the bike, to the gram, eh?

You could nextag it:

http://www.nextag.com/digital-fish-s...62B23D317BE159

Congrats on your lightness!

My 1985 Myata 310 weighs only four pounds less than my mtn bike, well, almost five pounds less now that I've invested in a nice saddle, removed the quills and installed my #2 TIMEs...
My bathroom scale is actually pretty nice, it measures to the tenth, hence the 15.4 lb.

I'm just being an@l about getting an accurate weight. Thanks though.
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[portal to fishermanforums.net]

I'm trying to get an accurate weight of the fish I catch, but the fish scale I have is too vague. Is there anything else I can use that would be more accurate? Maybe something they'd use in a bicycle shop?

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I've never thought of doing the hold, weigh, weigh without holding approach. I'd always just put the front wheel on the bathroom scale and then the rear, and added the two. Not sure how accurate that method is, though.
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I've never thought of doing the hold, weigh, weigh without holding approach.
This is generally the most accurate method for weighing things.

Requires that your scale is precise. To check that, weigh yourself a few times in a row and see how close the measurements are. That will give you an indication of how close your bike weight is to accurate.
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Oh, I've used that method before for other things, it just never occurred to me to use it for a bike, for some reason.
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Works well for pets too!
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Heh. That was the "other things," actually.
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My scale appears to be to the tenth of a pound, but only does even numbers.
I've done the hold/weigh thing, but I just don't believe it is really accurate as we'd all like it to be.
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Heh. That was the "other things," actually.
Babies/infants, for instance, are weighed that way sometimes.
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Most LBS's have good scales - all the ones around here do, anyway. I just wheel in my finished build when I'm there buying something, and weigh it on the way out.
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What did you do to get the bike under the dreaded 16lb barrier? Just changed the fork and swapped to a shorter stem?
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What did you do to get the bike under the dreaded 16lb barrier? Just changed the fork and swapped to a shorter stem?
It was mostly the fork. I got a Alpha Q GS30, should be a tad over 300g uncut. The old Bikedirect fork was reported to be well over 500g.
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My bathroom scale goes to tenths of a pound too and I've done the weigh-myself-several-times thing to verify it's consistency before weighing myself with the bike. As a check, I then weigh myself without the bike to see if I get the same reading as before and invariably, it's different.
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My bathroom scale goes to tenths of a pound too and I've done the weigh-myself-several-times thing to verify it's consistency before weighing myself with the bike. As a check, I then weigh myself without the bike to see if I get the same reading as before and invariably, it's different.
yea, the results are usually different. It's just I'm too cheap to go buy a scale, that money could be spent on something new for the bike.
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You know, all this fussing about a few ounces here and there on the bike. You guys know the important weight is you + the bike anyway, right?
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Yes we know, but guys are always into the technical details. Something about the male brain just makes us like to tinker.
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I'm not yet weight weenie enough to hacksaw off unnecessary seatpost in the seat tube but the thought has occurred to me.

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I just figure extra weight makes for a better workout. I even hauled a book around in my backpack for 80 miles on Saturday.

(OK, it was for BART, but I ended up snoozing one way and talking with Pete the other).
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I just figure extra weight makes for a better workout. I even hauled a book around in my backpack for 80 miles on Saturday.

(OK, it was for BART, but I ended up snoozing one way and talking with Pete the other).
you have your books, I have my beer gut. A lb lost on the bike is a lb I don't have to lose on my gut. so there! =oP
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Am I a bad person if I estimate the weight of my bikes to the nearest 5 pounds?

(It ain't that they're necessarily heavy. One of 'em is under 20 pounds, as far as I know.)
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I'm not worried about weight, I just want to know.
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I weighed mine at the ToC at one of the tents sporting a fancy 13.7 lb Look
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