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Old 04-16-03, 02:04 PM
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Originally posted by Richard Cranium
Go ahead - get those new Titanium water bottles -- just don't fill 'em.

Not to bore anyone with such an "off-topic" note, but the underlying concepts related to inertia and mass are "grossly magnified" by those cyclists that fail to develop a "smooth-pedaling-style." (especially the heavy ones)

One might conclude that "good form" always trumps good equipment.....
Totally agree. The lightest and fastest bike doesn't mean anything if you don't train and work on technique.

Another reason why I posted this is because I ride a little faster on my "heavy" steel road bike than I did on my lightweight aluminum bike. Once again, I know other factors besides weight come into play, but we're talking an extra 4 +/- 1 pounds. Plus, I have 700x25 tires on my steel bike, as opposed to 700x23 tires on the old aluminum bike.

As far as physics, doesn't more weight equal more momentum? Could the momentum of the spinning wheels and heavier bike offset the benefits of a lighter weight bike and wheels?

Am I overanalyzing?
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