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Weighed my bike for the first time

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Old 02-08-18, 04:17 PM
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Weighed my bike for the first time

Not just my bike, but any bike I ever had.

I am not a weight weenie, so spending money just to remove a few ounces never appealed to me. I do not race, so speed is not critical. I got a carbon frame for the increased comfort. Same for my wide rimmed wheels, which of course are aluminum. I could stand to lose a few pounds on the bike since all I do are mountain climbs. If you ain't climbing, you ain't riding. I must admit, after seeing the weight, I all of a sudden feel the need to remove some of it! Hmmm, do I really need that spare tire?

I also have not weighed myself in many many years. I finally went to a doctor last year since my parents were hounding me about it since I do long tough rides. Weight was good, although I could lose a few pounds like most of us!

For those interested, my bike was just over 20 pounds.
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Old 02-08-18, 04:43 PM
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A set of decent wheels would probably cut the weight by at least a pound by the sound of it, and probably the best place to start.
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Old 02-08-18, 04:43 PM
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Cool story, but is there a question I missed?

No, you probably don’t need to carry around a spare tire.
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Old 02-08-18, 04:51 PM
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And so it begins...
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Old 02-08-18, 04:53 PM
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And so it begins...
Oh, that's why we all clicked on the description isn't it?
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Old 02-08-18, 04:59 PM
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Kind of heavy for a carbon even with Alum wheelset.
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Old 02-08-18, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR View Post
Kind of heavy for a carbon even with Alum wheelset.
Aluminum aren't always a heavy wheelset my hed Ardennes are about 1450 grams many carbon rims come in at about 1600 grams but they are much more deep so more material
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Old 02-08-18, 05:13 PM
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Aluminum aren't always a heavy wheelset my hed Ardennes are about 1450 grams many carbon rims come in at about 1600 grams but they are much more deep so more material
+1. I own some sub-1300g, tubeless ready aluminum clinchers.
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Old 02-08-18, 05:14 PM
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I weighed my bike for the first time recently as well. 19.3 lbs. Very important that you all now know this fact.
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Old 02-08-18, 05:18 PM
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But is your bike aero?

Because aero trumps weight.

Right??
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Old 02-08-18, 05:50 PM
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But is your bike aero?

Because aero trumps weight.

Right??
Maybe not.
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... since all I do are mountain climbs. If you ain't climbing, you ain't riding. ...
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Old 02-08-18, 05:55 PM
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When you said “weighed my bike” that means different things to different people.
“Showroom” weight?
“On the road” weight? “Ready to ride” weight?

Both my CF frames, with a couple or few headlights and tail lights, cages, phone carrier, seat bag, tools tubes, a light lock, a couple gels and power bars, frame pumps .... basically everything I bring with me except my phone, a bottle or two, and myself, are just under 20 pounds (depending on how many tubes, and how many gels and power bars and headlights.)

I am pretty sure most people don’t include an emergency lock in their weight ... but if I need to run into a store and there is nowhere to hide (say Montezuma comes calling and I am in the middle of an urban area, or near a school .... ) I am Not leaving my bike just sitting.

I cannot see taking off the cages and pedals to weight my bike ... I am not selling it so “showroom weight” means nothing to me.

I always bring at least a real tail light and a blinkie, and always a front blinkie, and almost always at least one headlight. Why weigh without them?

I guess i should weigh my phone.

But seeing as I weigh more than a sumo wrestler riding a camel .... not sure shaving grams Really matters.

Now, 20 lbs Showroom weight .... wow, that is getting u there with ..... most bikes which are specifically ‘light.”

here is a stupid and extraneous question, so pardon me—do you like your bike and do you like riding it?

I know .... why would That possibly matter?
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Old 02-08-18, 07:44 PM
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Here are the weights of my bikes:

1. 22.4 lbs = Giant Fastroad aluminum hybrid, stock wheels, and Tiagra groupset
2. 18.6 lbs = Quintana Roos Seduza carbon TT, Alex 220 wheels, DA 7800 groupset
3. 15.7 lbs = Cipollini RB800 carbon, DA 9000 C50 wheels, DA 9000 groupset
4. 14.6 lbs = Colnago CX-1 Evo carbon, DA 9000 C24 wheels, DA 9100 groupset
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I wouldn't think of fat shaming my bike.
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Again, to have any meaning, "weight" needs to be defined. Pedals, or no pedals? Cages, no cages? Lights, seat bag, tools? Nothing wrong with "showroom" weight, but unless everyone is using that standard, nothing is useful.

Stripped for painting the frame of my Workswell 093 weighed 800 grams (weighed, not claimed) but I don't tell everyone its an 800-gram bike.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Cool story, but is there a question I missed?

No, you probably don’t need to carry around a spare tire.
I think that was his question. But I assume he meant spare tube, instead of spare tire.
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OP, spare tire: No. Spare tube: Yes.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
I think that was his question. But I assume he meant spare tube, instead of spare tire.
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OP, spare tire: No. Spare tube: Yes.
Wait - is he talking a literal spare tire or a figurative spare tire?
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20 pounds? That's a pretty light bike, no need to start trimming your tube patches.

Your first mistake was "Weighed my bike for the first time". This illustrates the fact that, unless you've deliberately spent $$$ for a featherweight bike and already know the weight to the gram, weighing it "for the first time" inevitably leads to disappointment. Resist the urge!

I knocked a pound or so off my dutched-up single speed just by changing tires, weighed it again and started shopping wheelsets ... and in a moment of clarity asked "What am I doing, have I lost my mind?" It's scary when you start down that road, and it always begins with "I weighed my bike"
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Wait - is he talking a literal spare tire or a figurative spare tire?
that was my hangup, too. he goes on to say he could stand to lose a little weight, so he might mean an actual spare tire that goes on a wheel.
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Go with 2 spare tires carried on the body like sash bandoliers. Add the old school handlebar bidon cage with a cork stoppered flask. Very Hardman. Very intimidating. Nobody will challenge a rider looking looking like that.
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
I knocked a pound or so off my dutched-up single speed ...
What is a "dutched-up" single-speed----it smokes pot at a cafe before it lets you ride it?
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What is a "dutched-up" single-speed----it smokes pot at a cafe before it lets you ride it?
Nothing that extreme but wearing my cycling costumes on it is definitely out.
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I have never weighed my bike but I can say that after putting on a Brooks saddle it suddenly feels 3 lbs heavier. I can always pick up my steel bike, which also has a Brooks saddle, to feel better about the weight. I find my problems to be centered around my engine though not the bike weight.
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Gentlemen may I suggest weighing yourselves? Most have much more to loose than what you can buy in titanium bolts and carbon railed seats. Im definitely not spending a dime putting my bike on a diet, as I have at least one UCI regulation bike to loose from my belly and elsewhere :-)
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Gentlemen may I suggest weighing yourselves? Most have much more to loose than what you can buy in titanium bolts and carbon railed seats. Im definitely not spending a dime putting my bike on a diet, as I have at least one UCI regulation bike to loose from my belly and elsewhere :-)
I'm 6'2" and weigh 175 pounds.

How much weight should I lose?
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