huh, i wonder what the point in going for it over an lht would be then.
also, it's bizarre, but i weighed my bike at 29lbs and the 520 felt a lot lighter than that to me at the bike store. i wonder why.
Does it matter much, since you're going to pile all your camping gear on it anyway?
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i was just looking for a commuter and grocery getter actually. to have a 20 lb bike that could haul things would be nice. it would have to be able to hold me (215lbs or more) and 50+ lbs of groceries.
with certain upgrades and a tubus rack mine weighs 23- 24 pounds
my large frame not quite stock 520 weight is 13 kg,
changes from stock model include swapping the seat for a B-17,
37 mm City Ride tires, two water bottle holders, a large rear light, computer,
shimano platform pedals. the stock triple chain ring is replaced by a double (probably
a slight loss there), however the rear cassette is an 11-34 vs stock 11-32.
ps, this was on a fancy electronic scale at LBS
Fully loaded for a weekend camp out, mine weighs about 250 lbs. including rider.
I weighed my bike by standing on a bathroom weight scale while holding it and then I subtracted my weight. Not the best way but it gives a good range.
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what is the cheapest way to get a touring bike to abou 20-22 lbs?
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Could use a modern road bike and a trailer. One of my tourers is a modern mountain bike with a rigid fork but handles front and rear panniers, about 23 lbs. Or you could cut a LHT in half and learn how to ride a unicycle
If you're looking at just the frame, a heavy frame is 4-5 lbs, an ultralight one 2.5 lbs or so. If the typical touring bike is 25-26 lbs, you'd have to swap out pretty much everything to chop off 6 lbs.
More importantly, weight is almost completely irrelevant to performance. Rider position, tire width, tire pressure, tire tread, and aerodynamics (e.g. # of spokes in your wheels) will have more impact than, say, 4 pounds of frame weight.
Also, some aspects that make a touring bike feel slower than a standard road bike can't be changed -- namely the geometry and wheelbase of the bike.
And, let's face it, most 20 pound bikes just aren't made to haul groceries. They're made to get you from A to B as fast as your little legs can take you.
If I were you, I just wouldn't sweat the 5-10 lbs unless you're doing fast group rides.
My 58CM bare weighed 29lbs. Fenders,bottle holders (3), spd, Deore LX crankset, STP shifters, racks (front & rear) brought it up to 32 lbs. With all gear on board 71 lbs.