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Old 03-30-13, 06:39 PM
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whats your ideal (non racing/competition) bike weight?

Lately I've been riding 15kg unloaded. Given the limited time I have to ride with two young kids I like the extra effort it requires. Keeps me fitter and stronger. I jumped on a much lighter bike yesterday and it felt like the bike wasn't there. So, whats your preference?
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Old 03-30-13, 06:45 PM
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As light as possible. The weight of the bike has no bearing on how much effort is required unless you are constrained to riding with others at a certain speed. You'll be slower on a heavier bike but it won't make you fitter or stronger.
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As light as possible. The weight of the bike has no bearing on how much effort is required unless you are constrained to riding with others at a certain speed. You'll be slower on a heavier bike but it won't make you fitter or stronger.
Interesting. How so? If I stick to 30kmh cruise on a heavier bike it makes sense that its going to take more energy keeping it there as compared to a lighter bike. If I go to costco with an unloaded cargo bike and the return with 30kg of groceries it takes a lot more effort to maintain my speed. This energy has to come from the engine (me) which by default has to
output more power to maintain said cruise. More output=more energy expended=better exercise.
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Yeah. I put out the same power on the light or heavy bike, I just wind up getting to the top of hills a slight bit sooner on the lighter bike. Right now I'm training with a heavier body...need to lose some weight...again.
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Originally Posted by krobinson103 View Post
Interesting. How so? If I stick to 30kmh cruise on a heavier bike it makes sense that its going to take more energy keeping it there as compared to a lighter bike. If I go to costco with an unloaded cargo bike and the return with 30kg of groceries it takes a lot more effort to maintain my speed. This energy has to come from the engine (me) which by default has to
output more power to maintain said cruise. More output=more energy expended=better exercise.
In your example, you're keeping the distance fixed and allowing the total energy expenditure to vary. In our examples, we're keeping the power and time fixed (same energy expenditure) and allowing the total distance to vary.
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Sadly for me faster is not an option. Try and go faster on the Seoul mups and bad things happen. Try and ride on most of the roads and you're roadkill under a blind bus drivers wheels. I agree though, if there was a safe road network further would work just as well.
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Old 03-30-13, 07:55 PM
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I've never ridden anything that's crazy light... but any well built bike under 18 lbs or so feels pretty dang good.

Nobody wants to pedal a tank.
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Sadly for me faster is not an option. Try and go faster on the Seoul mups and bad things happen. Try and ride on most of the roads and you're roadkill under a blind bus drivers wheels. I agree though, if there was a safe road network further would work just as well.
If you are restricted by speed for whatever reason then sure riding a heavier bike or dragging a parachute will allow you to get a better workout. Most of us don't have those issues with road bikes.
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although i would like a light bike, i think i might be happier on one with a little less mass.
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