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You can drop over a pound from your bike too!

Old 07-08-09, 08:39 PM
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You can drop over a pound from your bike too!

For those of you not too tired of hearing how I shed some more weight off my bike, here is a final summary of a few simple, relatively inexpensive, things I did to drop over a pound off my bike:

Rim tape to velo plugs: 32 grams;

Specialized Alias saddle to the Toupe saddle: 73.7 grams;

Dura ace chain to KMC X10sl chain: 39.6 grams;

Performance tubes to Michelin AirComp Ultra Light tubes: 25.5 grams

C02\mini pump inflater to Topeak micro pump: 146 grams;

Topeak alien multi tool to Park multi tool: 182 grams;

Verdestein Fortezza SE tires to Continental ultra race: 66 grams

Total weight savings: 564.8 grams or 19.9 ounces (1.2 lbs)
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I can drop more than that by purging my saddle bag.
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I could drop even more then that by going to the bathroom before I ride.

It's the same as auto events - people spend thousands to deck out their car in carbon and alloys and what not to save a few lbs, only to go do a race with some overweight person sitting next to them in the extra seat.
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I dont think people weigh there bikes with there saddle bags, and a tool in it...
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tools

ok, my saddlebag weighed in at the same weight of around 570g. multi-tool, tire lever, spoke wrench, 2 tubes and other small bits.
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Originally Posted by hendrick81 View Post
I dont think people weigh there bikes with there saddle bags, and a tool in it...
Haha. True. Maybe I'll ride tomorrow in a lighter weight jersey and save a few more ounces.
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Good job man. The magazines never mention all the extra stuff us nonpros have to carry like bags, pumps and tools.
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I wouldn't call pump and tool parts of the bike.
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I appreciate your reports. Wouldn't have known that the Dura-Ace chain was heavier than the KMC otherwise. What rims did you use the Veloplugs on? Do you know if anybody has yet compiled a list of Veloplug-compatible rims?
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Good tips, I once read that Michael Rasmussen would peel the extra stickers off of his bike to save weight. So I thought, heck I'll give this a shot. This was on my 2003 Trek 5200...didn't learn until after the fact that the Trek Decal is UNDERNEATH the clear coat! OOPSSSSS
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
Haha. True. Maybe I'll ride tomorrow in a lighter weight jersey and save a few more ounces.
Cut the sleeves off, that's got to be good for a few.

And what's with the 9" inseams on bike shorts? 2" should be enough, and save you even more weight!
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Originally Posted by gigemaggs99 View Post
Good tips, I once read that Michael Rasmussen would peel the extra stickers off of his bike to save weight.
yep everything i've read about him pointed to him being very anal about weight, down to only riding with one bottle cage on mountain stages

when did the UCI put a weight limit on bikes?
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velo plugs?
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Originally Posted by bikegeekmn View Post
velo plugs?
Plastic plugs that cover the spoke holes in the rim so you don't have to use rim tape. A pretty good product really.
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velo plugs?
yea, but my hair plugs make up for the difference in weight....
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Originally Posted by plasticmaam12 View Post
I appreciate your reports. Wouldn't have known that the Dura-Ace chain was heavier than the KMC otherwise. What rims did you use the Veloplugs on? Do you know if anybody has yet compiled a list of Veloplug-compatible rims?
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Tools and pumps (and anything else in your bag) don't count toward the bike weigh.

I've heard too many problems with veloplugs to switch from my velox.

Continental Ultras suck.

I already have a Toupe saddle.

+1 on the chain and tubes.

I can still drop a pound from my own bike just by building up a set of tubular wheels.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Tools and pumps (and anything else in your bag) don't count toward the bike weigh.
why not? its attached to your bike, and its obviously not a fixed variable as the OP just explained. maybe call it riding bike weight, or real world bike weight?
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Please, don't make us use the scatalogical reference.
Pump, tool, disqualified by the jury.
Your corrected weight savings 236.8 g.
Halfway there!
Maybe this would help:
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why not? its attached to your bike, and its obviously not a fixed variable as the OP just explained. maybe call it riding bike weight, or real world bike weight?


huh?
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Please, don't make us use the scatalogical reference.
Pump, tool, disqualified by the jury.
Your corrected weight savings 236.8 g.
Halfway there!
Maybe this would help:
Going old school.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Tools and pumps (and anything else in your bag) don't count toward the bike weigh.

I've heard too many problems with veloplugs to switch from my velox.

Continental Ultras suck.

I already have a Toupe saddle.

+1 on the chain and tubes.

I can still drop a pound from my own bike just by building up a set of tubular wheels.
I love the ultra race. Maybe you're thinking of the ultra sport.

And regarding the velo plugs, I'll keep everyone posted on my experience.
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Performance tubes to Michelin AirComp Ultra Light tubes: 25.5 grams
Switch to the Performance Forte Lunar Lights and save another 40g. They are great tubes. I have been running them and just picked up 10. They are out of stock now thanks to me and I am waiting for more when they get back in stock. Dirt cheap too for a super light tube. (got them for ~$5 with coupons from them).
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What about sanding the paint off your frame?

Combined with some strategic drilling (as above) THAT will sve ALOT of weight.

I weighed my 10 year old road bike last week for the first time - carbon fiber fork, chromoly frame, 3 water bottle cages, pump and tiny saddle bag (tube, levers and patch kit) = 22 pounds.
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