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Ankle weights on a bike?(11 posts)

Ankle weights on a bike?YoungRcR
Apr 22, 2001 10:54 AM
If you were to add weight to your bike such as ankle weights, more water when not needed, would it make you faster on the races that you dont have that weight on? We have some ankle weight that could velcro to the frame and it seems as if it fell lighter when racing. Or you could stick something heavy in the tool kit. Any suggestions/ideas?
re: Ankle weights on a bike?steveuk
Apr 22, 2001 12:48 PM
Well I don't know first off but our best ever 100meters runner here in uk Linford Christie did a lot of training which entailed dragging a car tyre tied to him up and down the track - resistance training.I guess adding weight entails the same kind of resistance. However he is/was a power athelete and cycling on the most part is an endurance sport so you may just add power at the expense of endurace by using resistance training such as adding weight. But then the great German
Jan Ulrich puts on so much weight over winter that his early season training is in effect resistance training and he is undoubtedly the most powerfull guy in the peloton. Thinking about it I'd say small weight added during training but taken off in a race would make you faster but there is obviously a weight limit over which you will start bukling out your power muscles and loosing endurance. Try it and see - monitor yer weight and performance. That's the best way to find out I guess but I haven't heard of this method being used by the pros?
re: Ankle weights on a bike?BC
Apr 22, 2001 4:37 PM
I was thinking the exact same thing the other day when I hit the hills. but I thought it would be wiser to put the weight on me rather than screw up my handling by putting it on the bike. You could probably put the weight in a camelbak or seatbag.
re: Ankle weights on a bike?LBS Guy
Apr 22, 2001 7:08 PM
Yeah back in the day, a few companies used to make some lead weights that could be attached to the downtube to add weight, but they dont make those anymore, i've heard of alot of pro riders using paniers and putting rocks and things in them. As long as you do the same distance type rides your endurance should stay up, and that extra strength will help alot when there isn't that extra weight on the bike, reducing the fatigue of your body in the race. Give it a shot, I have a rack that i ussualy pile on about 15lbs of rocks to train has worked great feel's really good when that weight is off the bike. Later
And remember, the bike always loves you no matter what you might say about it
Ankle weights on your anklestommyb
Apr 22, 2001 7:55 PM
I've never tried it, but it would seem to me to be most beneficial if you actually put the ankle weights on your ankles. That way it's rotating mass, and you would feel the effects. I don't know about you, but I've never been able to tell from the feel of my bike whether the water bottles were full or empty. I've never been one to jettison a bottle coming into a sprint or climb.
re: Ankle weights on a bike?Pappy
Apr 23, 2001 2:25 AM
Better to use them in races, especially hill climbs -

get really heavy ankle weights.

tie string to them, up to the bars.

when your foor is on the upstroke, lift the string and take the weight.

when your foot goes past the 12, let go the string, and the weight will push the crank down.

Do the same for the other foot out of phase.

(Remember to carry lots of water - you can use this to trim the weight of the ankle weights, according to the steepness of the climb).

See you at the finish...
re: Ankle weights on a bike?Mike P.
Apr 23, 2001 3:34 AM
I have been putting 10lbs or so in a camelback for the last few months. . . ever since I got on a scale and noticed I was 10lbs lighter than last year. This way my legs don't think I am taking anything away from them, especially on the hills. I do have a higher average speed when I am not lugging around the weight. So in my opinion, it helps.
Try thesePing Pong
Apr 23, 2001 4:50 AM
If you want to make riding more taxing you have several options:

1) Adding more weight to your bike ( even using wrist weights)
2) Add sharp sand to your wheel bearings for a grinding ride.
3) Adjust brakes to drag slightly all the time.
4) Fix a small sail to yourself and hoist it when facing headwinds.

I am sure that there are many other effective methods.
However the one that I use (and also used by almost 100% of pros) is:

5)Increase roadspeed, thus making the ride more taxing.

The advantage of this is that speed can be increased/decreased as required without the need to off load ballast, fiddle with brakes/ bearings, hoist sails etc.

The disadvantage of this is obviously that you may find yourself going a little faster than you are comfortable with, possibly even breaking speed restrictions.

Anyway, all in all a very good thread, lots here for us all to think about.
Use caution with ankle weightspeloton
Apr 23, 2001 5:11 AM
Physical trainers with some background in running have mentioned to me over the years that ankle weights can do strange things to one's walking gait and cause some biomechanical problems leading to injury. It would make sense that if an ankle weight can mess up your stride on two feet, then it could also mess with your biomechanics on the bike as well. I would be cautious to do anything that could change my way of moving my feet on the pedals for fear of what it could do to my knees or other moving parts. You might find it to be safer to put weight on other places than your ankles when riding. Just theory, but keep it in mind.
How about Lead Tape?keith m.
Apr 23, 2001 6:03 AM
you can get it at just about any golf shop. Try sticking it to your rims. That will increase rotating weight and make climbimg and sprinting harder.
Are you all Crazy?Graham
Apr 23, 2001 7:28 AM
You are a funny bunch. The only decent reason I can think of for weighting your bike is to slow you down if you are riding with slower riders. Otherwise it seems to be a bizarre thing to do. The pleasure you get from unweighting the bike is the only pay off you will get from this sort of crazy scheme.