I have no clue what the weight of my bike is. It's a giant OCR 1w, basically stock ,,<br><br>
I will say it's half the weight of the hybrid I was riding before. Oh, so light and fast <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
I've got no clue. It's aluminum with aerobars, Trek 1600 wsd. Based on my experience of hauling it up and down 2 flights of stairs, I dunno 20-ish lbs? Now I want to go home and weigh it <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
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More when it's loaded down with fluids. Less when I put race wheels on.<br><br>
No matter what the weight of the bike, in my instance, it's the weight of the rider that is the problem. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
Speicalized Ruby Comp. Not a clue how much she weighs. All I know is she's a hell of a lot lighter than my old steel Terry! Hubby insisted bikes be hung in the garage. No way could I lift the Terry over my head. Ruby, however, is a sinch to lift!
Yes! Maybe I'm ignorant, but I'm always wondering why we are paying so much money for a lighter bike, when losing 5 or 10 lbs would be just as effective (and much cheaper??) - or perhaps I'm missing the obvious.....
I'm in the "No Clue" boat as well, and to be honest, I don't care all that much, because like others have pointed out, with spare tubes and a few tools and two bottles full of liquid, it adds up quickly. The only thing that matters is that I'm gonna get that thing moving more quickly than I ever have before. But I probably should care, because to be honest, I'm sure if I lost the spare weight it would equal the performance improvement of a $2K set of race wheels. Or maybe not. Who knows.
My Trek 5000TCT is 20lbs, and that is it's weight as I am riding it, minus any fluids. Meaning that includes, wheels, pedals, seat bag thing, computer, front and rear light, and water cage plus empty bottle.
The biggest thing in "race" wheels isn't the weight, although that helps, it's the rolling resistance. Spin my Zipps and they spin forEVER, spin my training wheels and you would think they are rubbing against the brakes.<br><br>
Weight is a big issue in climbing speed, not so much on flat land. Take jr talking about his steel bike. Heavy, but stiff. It would be way different if he were climbing the mountains, then the bike weight would matter. It's easier to go up if gravity is pulling less. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Of course, all that is moot if the rider is carrying 10, 15 or 20 extra lbs as a spare tire around the mid section.<br><br>
Is it possible to accurately discern what your correct <b>racing weight</b> would be (from height)? (as opposed to the seemingly wide parameters a doctor would give for a <b>healthy</b> <b>weight</b>).<br>
If this is thread jacking - my apologies.
Sheldon--that brings up another point... I'm sure I've posted this before. Several years ago, I was on a bike tour with my kids. I was on my old Univega (cracked a rear rim on my Terry days before and couldn't get a replacement), one son was on a Huffy mountain bike, another on a cheapo road bike. This guy starts riding with us, going on and on about this other guy riding a really expensive bike, how he would be a much better rider if he were on such a great bike, etc, etc, etc. I just looked at him and said "yah, a great bike might help, but ya still gotta do the training". So we get to the next rest stop. And there sits "The Bike". So this guy about wets himself, asking whose bike that was. Oh, that guy got sagged in... I just looked at Mr. Mouth and said "It ain't the bike", and walked off. My kids and I did 62m that day. I think the kids were 10 and 12yo.
My friend the ex-swim coach would get so frustrated when the parents of the little kids would want to get the fancy schmancy swim suits for their kids....rather than wearing the team suit. He was ADAMANT that there were better ways to get faster in the swim than the fancy suits.<br><br>
I see master's swimmers at meets wearing the fast suits, too. (*shrug*). It ain't the suit, anymore than it's the bike. It's the training, technique, the swimmer.<br><br>
My friend says that when you get to the point that you're swimming at the national level, olympic level, etc. THAT's when the fancy suits make a difference. That's why lots of teams will give their kids the fancy suits if they qualify for those meets....the kids won't have to buy them.<br><br>
ok...apologies for the hijacking.
This really is a great story -- and lesson for a few -- that most of us have so much room to grow we could easily gain performance by doing something as simple as inserting a few gear mashing intervals in the middle of a ride once per week; alternate with quality spin-ups, and you'll do wonders if you're not doing them already or your rides are mere strolls. Just like running hills once every other week will do you much good after a month or two of it.