Ok, so the obvious approach is to shed 10-15 lbs of fat, but let's set that aside, and I have no death wish so stoker's weight is off limits.
Saddles are SA, we do like them, but I'm not saying they are off the table. thudbuster is heavy and I'll broach that with DW, but neither of us is a featherweight.
Here's my candidate list:
1. Lighter pump. I'm going to go ahead and do this.
2. CF WB cages - no, already done
3. CF stoker stem/bars
4. Thudbuster replacement - big comfort item for the stoker
5. Remove trunk and rack and find alternate storage for tools and clothes
This is probably the biggest opportunity for weight savings, but I'm at a loss as to
how to store both tools and the clothes that we sometimes have to take off during
I can calculate easily the savings for 1-4 and I believe the savings will be a fraction of the weight I could loose in 4-6 weeks. Would appreciate advice on 5. It might be that 1-2 frame bags would save weight and hold tools, but I don't have any experience with these.
Those of you familiar with our Northern California organized rides will recognize the problem for us seniors. There is always some climb, might not be over 500 feet, near the end of a ride (Solvang comes to mind) with 10+ percent grades. These can be tough at the end of a ride. Now a 15 lb. weight savings is less than 5 percent (higher speed/faster cadence), but there is definitely a psychological effect. Anyway, all suggestions gratefully accepted.