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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 12-10-05, 02:32 PM   #1
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Not gonna be a weight weenie but...

...just how heavy should a singlespeed be? I'm starting out with some pretty hefty wheels (Alex DH-22/36h with Suzue JR hubs) and a 61cm True Temper double-butted and lugged Trek frameset. It's, obviously, stripped of derailleurs,shifters, double crankset, and 6 speed freewheel so if it weighed 24 pounds or so from the factory should I expect a significant drop in weight?
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Old 12-10-05, 02:58 PM   #2
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you'll notice a difference...it'll be lighter...maybe not as much as you'd think. but i'd say you'll lose 3-4 pounds. just an estimate.

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Old 12-10-05, 03:02 PM   #3
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I am a weight weenie and I love every second of it.
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^^^Ditto. Add drive train efficiency and you flyyyyy

RD, FD, shifters, cables, rear cassette, 2 chainrings should be well above 2 pounds of weight loss.
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Old 12-10-05, 04:55 PM   #5
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And since you're shooting for low weight, you might as well go fixed and lose a rear brake / cable / brake lever as well, because you know you're going to do it eventually.
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Old 12-11-05, 01:52 AM   #6
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mine went down to about 19-20 pounds. and that's with an old style bottom bracket, steel bars, and a steel chain ring. oh and if it helps any, the bianchi chrome pista comes in at about 20 pounds too off the shelf, so don't worry.
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how much does one brake, a cable and a lever weight? doesnt weigh that much does it?
doesnt quite make sense to me when people use that as a reason to go fixed though :/
just wondering
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My single speed 80's road bike with fenders, a front and rear brake, a b-17, and a nitto technomic big assed stem and 700x28 shrader tires weights 26 pounds. Throw in my 190 pounds and 2-4 pounds isnt much either way.
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Oh, here we go again. The weight of the bike has nothing to do with the weight of the biker. Whole different ball game.
When you bunnyhop, you don't have to lift your own weight by the pedals, and when you stand up and hammer, your weight is pressing down on the pedals as opposed to the "dead" weight of the bike you have to accelerate. 2-4 pounds is a lot.
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how much does one brake, a cable and a lever weight? doesnt weigh that much does it?
doesnt quite make sense to me when people use that as a reason to go fixed though :/
just wondering
a set of good shimano brakes weigh about 350g. but if you only use one then lets say 175G for a brake. my brake levers (cyclo cross levers) are about 90gs. but i only use one, so lets say 45G

220G for a lever and a brake. keep in mind that a pound is 450grams.
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he said "weenie"!
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a set of good shimano brakes weigh about 350g. but if you only use one then lets say 175G for a brake. my brake levers (cyclo cross levers) are about 90gs. but i only use one, so lets say 45G

220G for a lever and a brake. keep in mind that a pound is 450grams.
ahh.. thanks
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Oh, here we go again. The weight of the bike has nothing to do with the weight of the biker. Whole different ball game.
When you bunnyhop, you don't have to lift your own weight by the pedals, and when you stand up and hammer, your weight is pressing down on the pedals as opposed to the "dead" weight of the bike you have to accelerate. 2-4 pounds is a lot.
What if my weenie weighs 2-4 pounds how does that effect me?
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Old 12-11-05, 02:26 PM   #14
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ahhhh....SUZUE JUNIORS

LOSE THEM NOW
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I converted my mountain bike into a Single speed and dropped about 3lbs.
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Old 12-11-05, 03:11 PM   #16
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ahhhh....SUZUE JUNIORS

LOSE THEM NOW
Yeah, I've rethought some of the parts on this bike. I'm exchanging the wheels and going with quite a few different components than I originally listed. The new list looks like this:

Headset - YST
Seatpost - Kalloy Aero, 27.2
Handlebar - Nitto Moustache
Stem - Nitto Dynamic II, 110
Brake Levers - SNG Industry Aero
Brakes - SNG Industry
Saddle - Brook B-17, honey
Crank - Sugino XD, 46
Chain - Izumi Eco, silver
Bottom Bracket - Sugino, 107 x 68
Rims - Velocity Razor, 28h, red
Spokes - DT, 14g
Hubs - Formula, 28h, black
Tires - Hutchinson Flash, 700 x 28
Tubes - Nashbar, presta
Freewheel - Dicta, 16
Pedals - MKS Sylvan Road
Clips - Lapize, steel, L
Straps - MKS, leather, red
Bar Tape - Cinelli cork, natural

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