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Old 11-29-04, 04:15 PM   #1
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cheapest way to lighten bike

In your opinion, what is the cheapest way to lighten a bike?
Also, could u let me know price estimates on what u think is the cheapest way. thanks.
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Old 11-29-04, 04:18 PM   #2
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Um, Slim-Fast? Just kidding!
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Old 11-29-04, 04:20 PM   #3
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Depends on how light you want to go. Kind of like cars. How fast you want to go is directly proportional to how much you're willing to spend. So, I ask how light? What do you have now? How much are you really willing to spend?

Then I'll throw this out there, because if I don't somebody else will. If you want to lose 2 pounds of bike, it's much cheaper to lose 2 pounds of body weight. Effects are the same.
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i've got about a 20 pound bike, Devinci podium, with complete Campagnolo veloce groupset and gipiemme platinum wheels. i was hoping to spend as little as possible, but as for a price range, i would say maybe a couple hundred dollars, as i am saving up for a new set of wheels that will hopefully lighten the bike quite a bit. other than the wheels, what is the cheapest and easiest way to lighten my bike?

as for losing a few pounds off my body weight, there really isnt much to lose.
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Old 11-29-04, 04:34 PM   #5
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In your opinion, what is the cheapest way to lighten a bike?
Also, could u let me know price estimates on what u think is the cheapest way. thanks.
Take the wheels off and ride Flintstone style. That's really old school.

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Old 11-29-04, 04:35 PM   #6
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Um, Slim-Fast? Just kidding!
IMO, this really is the best advice, lose body weight, then lose water bottle weight, then wheel weight.
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Old 11-29-04, 04:36 PM   #7
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Flbandit is right, dieting is the least expensive. The best parts to concentrate on making lighter are the ones that go round and round.
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Losing weight is the least expensive, but the hardest way too. Actually, eating healthy isn't cheap at all.
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Old 11-29-04, 04:42 PM   #9
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My bike and I weigh about 210 pounds. If I could stay away from McDonalds, I could save a few dollars and get us under 200 pounds. Taking 10 pounds off my bike? Naw. I need I bike I can ride, not one to hang on the wall and brag about.
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Lighter tires and tubes? Rotating mass is very important... nice way to weigh down a bike...

Other than that, possibly so carbon stuff, but losing weight is the best way... now if it was only that easy...
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Research has shown that removing the chain and pedals will lighten your bike significantly. However, this comes at a price...
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Maybe I'm crazy, but with the frame?

It all depends on what you currently have. Spill the beans!
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With all due respect, he wasn't asking for dieting tips, he wanted to make his BIKE lighter. I know as well as everyone knows that getting OVERALL weight down is the easiest by lowering the riders weight, but you can't get your bike to weigh lighter by dieting.
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With all due respect, he wasn't asking for dieting tips, he wanted to make his BIKE lighter. I know as well as everyone knows that getting OVERALL weight down is the easiest by lowering the riders weight, but you can't get your bike to weigh lighter by dieting.

lol yeah, thanks for actually reading my post unlike many others. coz i have already mentioned that i do not have very much, if that, weight to lose. i am very slim, with very little body fat. i want to know how to decrease the weight on my bike, and what the cheapest method would be.
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Old 11-29-04, 05:19 PM   #15
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Maybe I'm crazy, but with the frame?

It all depends on what you currently have. Spill the beans!
i already have mentioned wat i have, but ill list it again.

i have devinci podium bike, with complete campagnolo veloce gruppo, carbon fork, shimano spd-sl pedals, gipiemme wheels with michelin megamium tires.
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Here ya go. Just received mine in the mail today. Very light.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW
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Haha....I guess I should learn to READ!!

I think I'll stick with my frame answer. Let's see.....your frame is 3.34 lb. I don't see why you couldn't find a frame 2 lb. or under on eBay for $500 and maybe sell yours for a couple hundred bucks. If you do that you save over a pound for a couple hundred dollars....I'm not sure where you could save more for less.
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Hmm....or you could save 57 grams for $67 with the seatpost.

I have way too much time on my hands.
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Gipiemmes carbon wheels are about 1800g w/QR, a standard clincher around 2200g.
Those wheels are heavy !!
Going tubular you can loose a kilo there. A light clincher, say 800g.
Probably the cheapest grams on that bike.

Changing the group is expensive, so you don’t want to do that. A lighter saddle/post might easily loose 150g.

I have the weight of my stuff written down here.

Some of it's heavy some is light, but everything is stiff and strong without any weightlimits.
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Some saddles weigh twice as much as others. Could be you don't need all the seatpost that is in the frame.....
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As a related note, what's the most expensive way to lighten a bike?
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buy a new one... a lighter one
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