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Can a light bike be TOO light?

Old 11-21-13, 10:07 PM
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Can a light bike be TOO light?

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Yes.
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Not with me on it..
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UCI's ability to strip and ban you says yes.
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Originally Posted by Dannihilator View Post
Yes.
I'll expand my answer a bit. There is a point where going really light with bike construction will cross over into overly flimsy/easily breakable regardless of technique.
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I don't think so.
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I don't like white bikes. Or light blue. Gray I'm ok with.
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no, but there's a point where the wind is too strong to cycle effectively.
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Old 11-21-13, 11:19 PM
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Is this what they call "wind training"?
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thread title makes no sense.
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I like my weight weenies light.
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Alternatively, can a light bike be too dark?
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Yes, definitely. A bike that is too light will be problematic when you leave it somewhere as it will float up in the air. You will need to be sure it is anchored securely to the ground. When you ride it, the lightness will result in lessening of grip on the road making it hard to go round corners. Heavy bike is the way to go. Ask anyone.
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That reminds me to let the helium out of my tires...
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Without watching yes. I climb mountains alot and I have found on a few bikes I built that were carbon and built light by myself on extreme grades the front end would pop up off the pavement. So yes I think you can get a bike in that side of the realm that is not favorable to a certain ride topo.
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
Alternatively, can a light bike be too dark?
I had a bike like that. It wouldn't let any light escape and now I can't find it.
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Old 11-22-13, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Dannihilator View Post
I'll expand my answer a bit. There is a point where going really light with bike construction will cross over into overly flimsy/easily breakable regardless of technique.
True. And that point today is about 11-12lbs, 3-4 pounds or so below the UCI limit.

With enough money, you can build a very durable 12 lb bike these days.
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
no, but there's a point where the wind is too strong to cycle effectively.
This. Those guys could have been riding 40 lb bikes and that wind would still have been a major challenge!
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
I had a bike like that. It wouldn't let any light escape and now I can't find it.
At first I thought you meant it was so heavy it's gravitational pull wouldn't let light escape. You know, it was a black hole.
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In wind like that, you could be riding a 70's Schwinn Varsity and get blown off the road.
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A really strong wind can do that to even a fairly heavy bike.

I've had the wind lift my Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLRs like that, and they are not particularly light wheels.

I've also ridden in wind so strong, I had to lean into it to stay upright. When I had the wind to my back, I was coasting at 45mph. Into the wind, I was struggling to go 8. I also had to dodge a lot of tumbleweed.
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Old 11-22-13, 08:27 AM
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I've ridden in wind so strong I was sideways riding on the buildings. I would have to bunny hop across to the next one when I got to a cross street.
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