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So I've got a question for all you roadies...

Old 09-08-13, 05:41 PM
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So I've got a question for all you roadies...

Never posted in the Road forum before, but I've just got a simple question for you guys...

Before I ask you, I know the term "weight weenies" is somewhat of a derogatory term, so I apologize with the deepest sincerity if it offends any of you.

Now my question:
How far do you weight weenies go to to shave weight off your bike?

And by that I mean the lengths you go to to take off a few grams or more.

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Originally Posted by jowilson
Never posted in the Road forum before, but I've just got a simple question for you guys...

Before I ask you, I know the term "weight weenies" is somewhat of a derogatory term, so I apologize with the deepest sincerity if it offends any of you.

Now my question:
How far do you weight weenies go to to shave weight off your bike?

And by that I mean the lengths you go to to take off a few grams or more.

Josh
It's hard to believe, but I am actually willing to deal with the expense, and danger, of carbon fiber asplosions. I usually go through about 5 frames a year. Maybe double that for bars, seatposts and wheels.
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I fast for a week before any big ride.
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They stop at nothing. They're out of control.

On a lighter note - it depends, some of them will spend lots of money for very little returns while others will only do it if it seems cost effective. It depends how much expendable income you have I guess.

*I am by no means a road weight weenie, I only shave grams off my race bikes (I'm yet to race road)*
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I know of mtb weight weenies in Korea who will spend a $1000 on parts just to shave off a 10 grams. It all depends on how rich you are. I think there is also an element of bling in there as well.
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My off the shelf pedalforce cg1 with sram red clocks in at 14.5 lbs, with nothing boutique on it.
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Originally Posted by pdedes
My off the shelf pedalforce cg1 with sram red clocks in at 14.5 lbs, with nothing boutique on it.
But how many weeks do you usually go between asplosions?
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only the educated ones will say they are concerned more with rotational weight.
only sponsored or rich guys will say they will spare no expense to get the lightest rig.
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Originally Posted by rebel1916
But how many weeks do you usually go between asplosions?
Well the nds sram red crankarm recently asploded. But it was the metal insert. Boom. Then squeak squeak squeak. Could have recorded a 90bpm industrial hip/hop album.
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Originally Posted by pdedes
Well the nds sram red crankarm recently asploded. But it was the metal insert. Boom. Then squeak squeak squeak. Could have recorded a 90bpm industrial hip/hop album.
Don't be a silly goose. Metal doesn't asplode.
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[HR][/HR]First I thought the term weight weenie was complimentary. What do I know? I will say I consider $1/gram weight reduction a fair deal. I use only SRAM Red because it is the lightest at no cost penalty. Same for KMC SL chains. What I really like is cheaper, lighter stuff like the Look Keo Easy pedal. 240 g for about $60. I buy lots od lightly used stuff to get cheap and light such as used Zero Gravity Ti brakes. Very often a great deal. I build my own 1,270 g wheels for about $350 a pair from Kinlin XR 200 rims, light Bike Hub Store hubs and Sapim Laser or CX-Ray spokes. Whst else do you need to know?

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I also never thought weight weenie was derogatory.
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I refuse to buy two $40 carbon fiber bottle cages when the plastic ones, which weight only a fraction less, cost $10 each.
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I have two King titanium bottle cages. Ouch.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman
I have two King titanium bottle cages. Ouch.
Ouch is right.

Heavy, and expensive(but very durable).
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I did it the hard way, went from a fit 185 to a fast 145 this summer. Ride as fast at 62 as I did at 42 and 190, back in the day. LOL

I will say I am looking at lighter or more aero stuff.

The best thing done to the bike was a Zipp wheelset. WOW!
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Originally Posted by Nachoman
I have two King titanium bottle cages. Ouch.
I have four.
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Originally Posted by rebel1916
It's hard to believe, but I am actually willing to deal with the expense, and danger, of carbon fiber asplosions. I usually go through about 5 frames a year. Maybe double that for bars, seatposts and wheels.
Oh yeah !?!? Well, I go through 1 frame a week, and get new wheels for each ride.
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Originally Posted by RIRview
I refuse to buy two $40 carbon fiber bottle cages when the plastic ones, which weight only a fraction less, cost $10 each.
Yeah, but a pair can be had for $24 total delivered from China on ebay.
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I drilled out the carbon frame of my Cervelo R5 to reduce the weight. I varied the hole size to reduce aero drag.
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Oh yeah !?!? Well, I go through 1 frame a week, and get new wheels for each ride.
That's probably the only safe way to ride carbon, but, as a humble civil servant, I wouldn't feel comfortable spending your tax dollars so freely.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
[HR][/HR] I build my own 1,270 g wheels for about $350 a pair from Kinlin XR 200 rims, light Bike Hub Store hubs and Sapim Laser or CX-Ray spokes. Whst else do you need to know?
How do they look? Gotta get other priorities taken care of.
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I always make a dooty before every ride.

There's your stinkin' grams.
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Originally Posted by Long Tom
I always make a dooty before every ride.

There's your stinkin' grams.
Very appropriate use of the work "stinkin'"
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