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Old 02-08-24, 02:10 PM
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Weight-Weenieism

At what point does the bottomless descent in to the black abyss of weight weenie madness begin?

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When you completely lose sight of the reality of the performance gain.
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It begins as soon as you take action on any of those first thoughts of making your bike lighter

I don't consider being a weight weenie to already be in the manic phase. Perhaps we need another term for those.
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When you purchase a bike scale …
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe
When you purchase a bike scale
Whew! Thank God I only purchased a luggage scale.

I replaced the metal 1/2" diameter cap on top of my stem with a plastic one...

Trimmed the length of my titanium recessed front brake nut by 1/4"...

Switched to ceramic bearings...

I love triggering people who can't fathom doing such things or spending such sums to do so!
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Originally Posted by smd4
Whew! Thank God I only purchased a luggage scale.
Thats called getting off on a technicality.
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Originally Posted by Camilo
nah. Performance has nothing to do with it. It's just fun to see what you can do with weight balanced with how much you want to spend.
Well-said.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
When you completely lose sight of the reality of the performance gain.
nah. Performance has nothing to do with it. It's just fun to see what you can do with weight balanced with how much you want to spend.
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When you purchase a bike scale
Lucky in my former bout with ww-ism, I used a digital fish scale and the postage scale at work before I started using our kitchen scale
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Originally Posted by Camilo
nah. Performance has nothing to do with it. It's just fun to see what you can do with weight balanced with how much you want to spend.

Lucky in my former bout with ww-ism, I used a digital fish scale and the postage scale at work before I started using our kitchen scale
I've got a postage scale too, which I used to precisely weigh my boys' pinewood derby cars.

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When you take a second mortgage on your house to fund your marginal gains.

Edit: And stock up on enemas.
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe
When you purchase a bike scale
What if it's a fish scale?
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If you're a weight weenie, you should also be a Crr-weenie. If you're weight-weenie but not a Crr-weenie, then it means your weight-weenism is all for show, so that's the point at which you should worry.
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Nah, it's when you break out the drill... 😁
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Originally Posted by RChung
If you're a weight weenie, you should also be a Crr-weenie. If you're weight-weenie but not a Crr-weenie, then it means your weight-weenism is all for show, so that's the point at which you should worry.
Apparently, weight-weenieism has nothing to do with performance. It is something about having fun spending money on it.

I drew the line where it was going to cost the same as my entire bike to save another 0.75 kg.
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When you start planning bike upgrades on a dollars per gram basis

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Originally Posted by RChung
If you're a weight weenie, you should also be a Crr-weenie. If you're weight-weenie but not a Crr-weenie, then it means your weight-weenism is all for show, so that's the point at which you should worry.
If someone develops a $30 "scale" that reads Crr on a bike in the shop, Crr-weenieism will be a thing.
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When you start asking for a friend.
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My warning sign was when I pulled out the postage scale to choose which parts to throw on my "climbing" bike build(Canyon Ultimate SLX.) The bike build was originally supposed to be a budget build, so I did limit myself from descending into full on weight-weenieism. Most of the components were stuff I already had laying around. I ended up at the 15lb mark...and that's with not sacrificing comfort for weight with things like the not-lightweight bars and seat. Also not the lightest groupset I could've spec'ed(mix of rim brake Ultegra 6800/8000.)

It's around 3lbs lighter than my "main" road bike, the only place that this difference is noticeable is on climbs. In reality, it's only a matter of seconds, but the perception is of liveliness and speed on the climbs. My racing disciplines lie off-road, so any performance benefit is almost meaningless, but I do enjoy the feeling of a "fast" bike.
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Im sure Ill regret this, but whats Crr?
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When you start asking "does this bike make me look fat ?"
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Originally Posted by delbiker1
When you start asking for a friend.


But do people who ask the question have any friends?
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I bought a titanium spoon to reduce the weight. Did I waste my money?

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Originally Posted by smd4
I’m sure I’ll regret this, but what’s “Crr?”
I'm not sure what the C means, but the rest is Rolling Resistance.

EDIT: Found it...Crr = Coefficient of Rolling Resistance.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
I bought a titanium spoon to reduce the weight. Did I waste my money?
Does it give food a smooth and lively taste?
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Originally Posted by smd4
Im sure Ill regret this, but whats Crr?
The C stands for coefficient. It's the number by which RR (rolling resistance) is multiplied to arrive at the total amount of energy lost.
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