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Old 04-27-20, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick
Does weight even matter when you're lounging in a hammock?
It does if you have a cheap hammock.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs
If you watch races like the Tour de France, you will see that all the best climbers are really fat .... but they have really light bikes
Why I can't I climb like that then. I have way more fat than they do!
Oh wait it is probably because my bike is too heavy, that is it!
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big belly.

i go about 15 stone....thus any sigjificant weight change needs to come off my belly and arse.
need to drop 20lbs before i worry about light bike.
that being said....i ride ti and carbob bikes with 1500gm wheels
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Old 04-28-20, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog
i go about 15 stone....thus any sigjificant weight change needs to come off my belly and arse.
need to drop 20lbs before i worry about light bike.
that being said....i ride ti and carbob bikes with 1500gm wheels
🤪 silly
You are doing it right. Because that is how I do it.
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Old 04-28-20, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict
So I been on a diet past six months. I lost ten pounds. But i dont notice any improvement in riding speed...particular uphill in my single speed.

but if i switch to a bike that is ten pounds lighter...and i attack the same hill, i can definitely feel a massive difference...much easier.

despite conventional wisdom, bike weight is very important.
I notice a real difference in acceleration and ease of keeping my speed up when I switch my clincher rims/tire combination to my tubular rims/tires combination. Nothing else on the bike changes and those tubular tires are NOT top of the line ones either. However, the ease of acceleration is truly noticeable.

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At 275lbs, I ride what I wan't. But I avoid extralight or low spoke count wheels.
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You lost 10 pounds a gram at a time. So of course there is no noticeable difference each ride.

The lighter bike was lighter instantly. There also is geometry and so that will differ and impact how fast you 8ride or think you ride.

Did you even measure speed?

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