One of the benefits of working in a warehouse is that I have access to a pretty big freight scale, which comes in handy when I feel like weighing my commuter bike. (using it to tour this summer) So as you can see in the picture, I stripped it to weigh it. Took off the panniers, the bottles, the GPS. Just racks, a rear fender, and toe clips (which came off today, SPD pedals went on). What you can't see is the digital screen above the scale that weighs the bike in at 36 lbs.
What I want to know is... is 36 lbs. far too heavy for the bike, as you see it? I'm trying not to obsess about weight, but I can't help thinking that maybe this is too heavy. I don't know really, as I have nothing else to compare it to. I've done a few "shakedown" rides with loaded front and rear panniers, tent, sleeping pad water, etc... I didn't get to weigh the bike but I did a 15 mile cruise around town and it felt fine. Am I worrying too much?