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Neat way to lose weight(19 posts)

Neat way to lose weightZip-a-Long
Jun 27, 2003 5:52 AM
I was bored, so I took my Mavic Cosmic Elites to bits. Then put them back together missing out every other spoke (only on the front - I took out 1 in 3 on the rear, left the drive side alone).

Took a while to true them (sitll about 0.5 mm out actually), but I rode 35m on them this morning without any problems.

You gotta hand it to them - they make darn fine wheels. Not sure how it would work with non deep section wheels though - only one way to find out...
Neat way to lose some teethLC
Jun 27, 2003 8:23 AM
might be able to do that if you weigh 85 lbs, but these wheels already have minimal spokes. Very scary advice since they will work fine... until they don't work fine.
Jun 27, 2003 8:32 AM
Geez! First halfway big bump, and those rims are going to fold up like a newspaper!
Try this...put the fork down and keep the spokes and teethBIG RING
Jun 27, 2003 9:32 AM
Try this...put the fork down and keep the spokes and teetht-bill
Jun 27, 2003 10:44 AM
Yeah... if he removes the fork he could save another 1-3 lbs. That would be sweet! I'll try it this weekend and let you know how it works.
I found a website with a picture of Cosmic ElitesDave Hickey
Jun 27, 2003 10:49 AM
If the picture is correct, the front wheel has 20 spokes. Are you saying you have 10 spokes on the front? That's about 40-60gr weight savings. I think I'll keep my teeth instead...
The Great Escape, Steve McQueen...PdxMark
Jun 27, 2003 12:16 PM
Seeking lumber to support the escape tunnel, Steve pulls every other slat out from under the mattresses. The bouyant British noncom swings up into his bunk and goes crashing down through all 3 bunks in the stack.

Art mirrors life. Life mirrors art.
Stop ! can't you tell that this is a joke....................nmMR_GRUMPY
Jun 27, 2003 1:00 PM
Ya right away. I was wondering how long before someone said it.koala
Jun 27, 2003 5:24 PM
I remove the skewers for short TT...Bruno S
Jun 27, 2003 8:30 PM
as long as you don't bunny hop, the wheels will stay in place. Saves crucial 150-200 grams for this kind of events and makes the bike more aero.
re: Neat way to lose weightrussw19
Jun 27, 2003 8:46 PM
Why don't you just lose 20 pounds of bike weight altogether? Just take your whole bike, toss it in a lake, put on your running shoes and run for a while... why carry that heavy old bike up and down hills when you can just run up them instead?
1 in 3 hell!the bull
Jun 28, 2003 6:21 PM
I took every other spoke out of my rims this morining.Then I drilled little holes all over the rims.
I succsesfully made it around the block!
Also cut the handle bars off at the first bend.
I think tomarrow I am going to file every other tooth off all the gears.
1 in 3 hell!russw19
Jun 28, 2003 9:04 PM
I drilled super small holes all over my tires... small enough that the tube doesn't come out.. I made it 4 miles, but then it started to rain so I came back home.

Tomorrow I am going to see if I can drill out my chain, and remove one brake pad from the front and rear brakes, and debraid half the diameter off my shift cables.

Once when I worked in a shop.the bull
Jun 29, 2003 4:10 AM
There was a jackass weight weenie customer(not even a good customer) who drove us crazy.The thing was he was not even a good rider.Im sure you know the type.You know the ones that come in and act like they work there and argue about what you say to another customer("this one is lighter and better").We wanted so bad to fill his seat tube with molten lead!
Once when I worked in a shop.russw19
Jun 29, 2003 8:46 PM
One of the kids in the shop I work at is trying to figure out a way to pump some guys tires up full of water. And he wants to get them up to pressure too. It's as a practicle joke to a guy he actually likes, but it would be really funny to do it to someone else if they were being a jerk.

You just need a big basin of water.jw25
Jun 30, 2003 8:01 AM
Cause you need to submerge the entire pump. You'll want to purge as much air out of the tube as possible, and work the pump to get all the air out. Otherwise the sloshing may alert the owner.
The other thing is, water's incompressible, so once the tube's full, it's full. Can't say how it'll ride, but farmers have been known to fill their tractor tires with water, for added weight.
You just need a big basin of water.russw19
Jun 30, 2003 10:15 AM
The guy trying to do this is trying to figure out some sort of way to use our compressor to force a big jug of water to fill with compressed air on the top and water on the bottom so it would force the water into the tube.... I saw what he was trying and figured out that it wouldn't work, but that's where I end my help. I don't want to encourage him... he's bad enough with silly practicle jokes already. I don't think I need to help.

Funny is one thing, this kid is out of control.

But thanks for the advice...

You just need a long hose and a stairwelloff roadie
Jun 30, 2003 1:31 PM
No compressor required- water pressure (via gravity) will do tha trick better than air pressure ever could.

Put the wheel at the bottom of the stiars with a brand new (no air in it) tube. Hook the hose over the presta valve with a hose clamp, climb the stairs, poor water in the other end of the hose. Eavery foot of elevation creates 15 lbs of pressure, so you'll have PLENTY of pressure to force in the water. You might want all that pressure, because you need to really seat the bead tightly.

An added bonus of NOT using a compressor is you wont force air to disolve in the water. In fact, any air in the tube should easily disolve in the water, given the high pressure you could achieve.

I used this method once to inflate a rubber hot water bottle so it was as big as a beach ball. Problem was, the water shott out like a fire-hose when I went down the stairs to unscrew the thing. A presta vlave shouldn't have that problem, though...
Ball bearingsSpiderman
Jul 2, 2003 12:08 PM
We used to put ball bearings in the handlebars. It would take forever for the person to figure it out. If you want to be really mean, get into the TT through the weld purge hole. That will NEVER come out.