Old 01-05-15, 06:15 AM
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The bicycle weight of a touring bike is only important with respect to air transportation. You weigh 200lbs, your luggage 30 and your bike 35 thats 13% of the total. Buy a bike for 1500$ and save 8 lbs thats only a 3% reduction !!.
You could either pack 8lbs less, or loose 8 lbs of bodyweight, thats free! Or shop more often, so you have 8lbs less food on the bike.

If you don't ride in the alps for competition, the weight doesn't matter at all.

Why do you want slicks? Are you racing? If you drive on wet roads and occasionally gravel, you need a profiled tyre and they are also available with low rolling resistance but the most important property of a tyre is puncture resistance. Its a pest to patch tubes on a loaded bike, at the side of the road and risky racing downhill on a flat tyre

As long as the bike isn't a chinese or indian workbike, don't be concerned about weight but think about stability and reliability because a crash or breakdown will be a major annoyance or halt your trip. 8 lbs more or less will not.
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