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If I wanna become a "weight weenie", what's the best plan?(10 posts)

If I wanna become a "weight weenie", what's the best plan?Bob in Indiana
May 22, 2001 9:39 AM
Not saying that I do...but in the event I'm suddenly overtaken by the urge to shed some pounds, (or infinitesimal fractions of pounds as the case may be) what/where is the best place to start?

I have a 1999 TREK 5200 OCLV, stock except for new Speedplay X-2's coming this week, and a new Thomson Elite Setback Seatpost.

My interest would be in the high "return for my dollar" area of weight reduction...and I am already 25 pounds into losing 40 off my person, so don't start there!


By the way, I mean "weight weenie" in the admiring, but fear of possibly becoming obsessive, sort of way...
Step 1: Get down to 8 percent body fat. Step 2: ...Cory
May 22, 2001 10:00 AM
I know, sorry, I couldn't resist. It really is cheaper and more productive to get weight off the motor than off the bike.
After that, I wouldn't presume to advise you (you're five pounds ahead of me in the lose-40-pounds-this-spring race, and a lot of people know more about light bike parts than I do). Only thing I'd mention is to avoid "Stupid Lite," parts that are so flimsy they snap when you use 'em. Better to have a couple of extra spokes in the wheel, at a cost of 25 grams, than have to carry spares and spend all your time truing.
Step 1: Get down to 8 percent body fat. Step 2: ...DINOSAUR
May 22, 2001 6:48 PM
I agree with Cory, I would first try to lose as much body weight as you can. When you get down to 7% body fat then start thinking about being a weight weenie. I think there is a market for this stuff as guys believe that if they have the lightest bike possible it will make them a better cyclist. Maybe if you are a pro a couple of ounces might make a difference when you are hammering out a 150 mile stage race, but for us meer mortals I veer toward resonably light and durable. Greg Lemond stated that aerodynamics are more of a factor than weight. When you get down to single digit body fat, than go at it, I'm still working at it myself...
Then again if you wish to ignor my suggestion, I would start with the wheels first.
re: If I wanna become a "weight weenie", what's the best plan?mon t
May 22, 2001 2:15 PM
the guide to weight weenie hood is the dollar per gram ratio. get yourself a source of part's weights (try the excel catalogue for starters, or the consumer version of the quality bike parts catalogue for advanced practice). then, find out what all your icon parts weigh, and do the math! in general, your'e gonna find it costs around a buck a gram to dump perfectly good parts for expensive superlight ones. thus, to shave a pound from your perfectly good trek i'd expect you to spend 454 bones or so. this, obviously, is not a cheap hobby, but it could be worse, you could be into sports car racing for example....compared to that, wasting $ on trick bike parts is a genuine bargain! one final note, it is written that rotating parts are worth 1.8 times the weight savings as static parts (no,i did not make that up and no, i can't prove it either) so feel free to spend 1.8 times as much on wheels, tubes, cranks, and pedals. have fun!
i always read that wheels were the place to start...nm...dustin73
May 22, 2001 2:40 PM
re: If I wanna become a "weight weenie", what's the best plan?Ian
May 22, 2001 2:58 PM
Two places to start, the fork and the wheels. If you still have the Vector Comps, those weigh 1,800-1900 grams. I have the Velomax Orion and those weigh just over 1,500 grams. The fork you have is a steel steerer tube that weighs 550 grams. An all carbon model will weigh 350 grams. Well, those two upgrades should cost about $1,000, so I will stop there.
re: If I wanna become a "weight weenie", what's the best plan?Bob in Indiana
May 22, 2001 3:13 PM
Ouch! Yes, I still have the "Comps", and saw some new Mavic Kyrsiums (sp?) today at the bike shop that they claimed would be a nice upgrade/weight savings also.

I'll plan to stay on my diet then, eh? Costs LESS to eat less, and entire pounds are coming off at the rate of two-three per week!!!

That's alright, I suspected this game would not be cheap.

Thanks for the input.
Keep up the good work!Ian
May 22, 2001 9:38 PM
The weight loss is great! Keep going.

There is nothing wrong with the Comps, they are a good wheel. I rode them for a year on my 00' 5200. The Ksyriums are a nice wheel, not as light as Velomax, but tried and true.

What does your bike weigh now? 18.5-19lbs? That is not bad at all.

Take care,
The $20 flea market solution ...Humma Hah
May 22, 2001 4:21 PM
... one recent poster here bought a Schwinn Varsity for about $20 at a yard sale (a bargain if you ask me -- I once paid $35 for one). We're talking about a roadbike about the same weight as my classic cruiser.

Anyway, you ride this 2-wheeled brick for about a week, then get back on your average decent roadbike, and it'll feel like a feather.
May 22, 2001 8:22 PM
Ride your mtb on the road (commuting, errands, etc) then get on your road bike. It'll feel like a feather. Like swinging a lead bat.