OK, so I'm as much a weight weenie as the next guy, and I love buying new stuff for my bikes (when I can sneak perchases past the Mrs.!). But are we all simply wasting our money?
To whit, please peruse the following articles for the sake of the enligtened discussion that is sure to follow:
From what I can discern, the biggest performance gain that we can get would be to have drop bars and use them for best rider aerodynamics. And perhaps even spandex roadie outfits too.
Risers definitely kill bike performance (I ride flop&chop bullhorns, so I'm guilty of that) because you are in a very upright position.
Bigger ticket items like deep V's are perhaps still worth it as it may gain you ~2% better efficiency, but weight weenieism gains you diddly****, like under a percent.
And fast rolling tires look to be a legit goal.
So, get aero, don't sweat having a "heavy" bike.
What do you think?