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    Bike Weight

    Is the fixed gear bike weight really that important? If im a beginner and has only 500$ mark in terms the weight of my bike that Ill be buying shouldn't it have like a weight limit example dont buy fixies 25 pounds higher something like that? and frame wise? material? disadvantage and disadvantage of having a chromoly or hi-ten steel? Stuffs like that.

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    Depends, are you carrying it or riding it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
    Depends, are you carrying it or riding it?
    of course im riding it man. u just want to know that advantages and disadvantages of such materials that will cut weight if it cut weight is it durable? something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomalenn View Post
    of course im riding it man. u just want to know that advantages and disadvantages of such materials that will cut weight if it cut weight is it durable? something like that.
    It was a serious question. You get people who are carrying their bikes up 4 flights of stairs and for them a 17 lb. bike is way better than a 24 lb. bike. Most of the difference you'll notice in bike weight is in rapid acceleration and not really as much in dealing with hills. Most people find that the weight in the wheels makes a bigger difference than the weight in the frame. Once you get to a chromoly frame the comparative advantage of lighter materials is less because steel can give a smoother ride. There aren't a whole lot of fixed gear weight weenies though. I'm not sure why that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
    It was a serious question. You get people who are carrying their bikes up 4 flights of stairs and for them a 17 lb. bike is way better than a 24 lb. bike. Most of the difference you'll notice in bike weight is in rapid acceleration and not really as much in dealing with hills. Most people find that the weight in the wheels makes a bigger difference than the weight in the frame. Once you get to a chromoly frame the comparative advantage of lighter materials is less because steel can give a smoother ride. There aren't a whole lot of fixed gear weight weenies though. I'm not sure why that is.
    thats what i need to know man so steel is smoother ride? im like here in my home and i just want to ride like for exercise like theres a 10km park from my home that i want to go everyday for exercise and im not using much stairs if youre thinking about me carrying my bike all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
    It was a serious question. You get people who are carrying their bikes up 4 flights of stairs and for them a 17 lb. bike is way better than a 24 lb. bike. Most of the difference you'll notice in bike weight is in rapid acceleration and not really as much in dealing with hills. Most people find that the weight in the wheels makes a bigger difference than the weight in the frame. Once you get to a chromoly frame the comparative advantage of lighter materials is less because steel can give a smoother ride. There aren't a whole lot of fixed gear weight weenies though. I'm not sure why that is.
    I want to be a fixed gear weight weenie someday. My goal is to build a sub 10lb bike at some point when I drop some serious weight and make some more serious cash. I figure if Rodriguez can build a 13lb steel framed geared bike, a ten pound fixed gear shouldn't be that hard.
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    just flip it over to fixed and forget about brakes. check out the documentary "premium rush" for more info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomalenn View Post
    thats what i need to know man so steel is smoother ride? im like here in my home and i just want to ride like for exercise like theres a 10km park from my home that i want to go everyday for exercise and im not using much stairs if youre thinking about me carrying my bike all the time.
    If you're riding the bike for exercise, wouldn't a heavier bike provide you with a better workout?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
    If you're riding the bike for exercise, wouldn't a heavier bike provide you with a better workout?

    My experience is that my 18.5 lb Carbon Fiber bike climbs about 5-10% faster than my ~ 21.5 lb double-butted steel bike, configured similarly, with me as the rider, depending upon the gradient I'm climbing. For anything other than climbing, the performance difference is negligible. That 5-10% difference in climbing performance translates to maybe a 2% speed difference overall on the amalgam of all the terrain that I ride.

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    It's much cheaper to lose the weight off you instead of the bike and you'll get the same result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D1andonlyDman View Post
    My experience is that my 18.5 lb Carbon Fiber bike climbs about 5-10% faster than my ~ 21.5 lb double-butted steel bike, configured similarly, with me as the rider, depending upon the gradient I'm climbing. For anything other than climbing, the performance difference is negligible. That 5-10% difference in climbing performance translates to maybe a 2% speed difference overall on the amalgam of all the terrain that I ride.
    In other words, Weight wienies are as such because they need that 2% edge in a race. For me, you, the OP, the lurker, and the government shill reading this weight isn't too much of an issue. I would love to have a sub 15lb beast; That being said all my bikes are 20-24 lbs.
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