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Barrecrafters Unisport roof rack experience?(13 posts)

Barrecrafters Unisport roof rack experience?trimble
Jun 29, 2001 4:24 PM
The rack is used, BTW.

I got it to fit on my 1999 Taurus' roof and it's secure. The only issue I have is the small bit (1-2mm) of flex where the tray butts up against the QR assembly. I have two trays (to mount two bikes) and both have the same amt of flex. The rest of the rack is rock solid.

I don't know if this is the way it's supposed to be or not. Any ideas?
Well, I'll be the first to sayMel Erickson
Jun 29, 2001 5:03 PM
Why? 18.9lbs with cages, and computer? That's pretty light. Sounds like you've got the bug. If you must, I'd attack the wheels/tires first. You can always get a lighter gruppo, too. Both of these involve some cash but have the potential for greatest weight savings. Pedals could be lighter, but weight savings are not that great. Other than that you're just chipping away.
Start hereCima Coppi
Jun 29, 2001 5:25 PM
First of all, under 19lbs is pretty good for a 59cm frame, so you might not be able to shed too much weight off that. Here are some ideas:

1. Get rid of the wheelset. Try to get a good lightweight pair of wheels. I've been seeing several sets of Mavic Helium's on E-Bay going for really good prices.

2. Try to go with lighter pedals. The Looks are great, but they are hefty.

3. Upgrade to a Ti or CF seatpost.

4. Start upgrading to the D/A group. You'll begin to shed weight pretty fast.

Good Luck!!

CC
DA Swapgrz mnky
Jun 29, 2001 6:06 PM
Swapping to DA from Ultegra will save you a whole 5 ounces, but will cost quite a bit. When doing comparisons I use the rough "$100 per Ounce Rule" Try replacing all the things that will get you the best bang for your buck. For example swapping out the BB will save something like 44 g. (~1.5 oz.)and will only cost around $50, but the maintenance aspect may not be worth it for you. Swapping the brakes will get you almost now where. Another big weight item is the crank and the STI shifters, but both of these are fairly expensive. Probably the best advice is on the wheels. Getting a set of Speedplays will definitely lighten the bike. Another place is the Easton EC-90 bar.

Ultimately the biggest gains are made mostly with the larger more expensive components. Starting with an OCLV or Calfee frameset makes things way easy.

Ultimately a 19 lb. 59 cm bike is nothing to sneeze at.
Do not change a thing.Doll Face
Jun 29, 2001 5:51 PM
Handlebars and stem should be sturdy and reliable, this is the last place to look for weight savings. Saddle and pedal comfort are much more important than weight. 18.9 lbs is good for a bike this size. Unless you are planning to ride up and down mountain passes all day, a few hundred grams will not matter much.
re: Weight Weenies: A 19lb projectbadabill
Jun 29, 2001 8:23 PM
First off If you are not at least a cat3 racer you have all the bike you could ever need. Plenty light and good components. If you realy want to spend the money to shave a pound the best place to start is the wheels. The rotational weight of the rim and tire is where you notice a few ounces most. The velomax ascent(sp?) have caught me eye lately. The little weight you would save by changing seatpost, bar and stem would not be worth the effort.
Not worth itfuzzybunnies
Jun 29, 2001 10:00 PM
I'm currently working on a sub 17lb steel bike and the costs are fairly prohibative to try and go below where you are. One good spot is to go for the brakes and try some cane creek, mostly you'll have to look outside shimano to get any real weight savings. Though DA hubs are definately nicer than ultegra. TTFN
Not worth itclimberted
Jun 29, 2001 11:25 PM
Agree with fuzzy on the breaks (I have the cane creeks), try wheels like every one has said. One thing to consider, to to get componets that make the bike "FEEL" lighter while riding it. This is somewhat had to quantify. Don't absolutly go for the lightest weight stuff like brakes first, those should come down the line. The stuff that makes the bike feel lighter (IMO) are the saddle, seatpost, and wheels, and possibly the stem and HB. Wheels b/c they spin up faster and fell faster and feel like you put in less effort to go faster. The seat and seat post b/c while climbing and sprinting (especially with your compact frame geo) the seat and seat post are the only things that are moving a lot, the have leverage on the frame. Try holding a broom straight out with a straight arm and only holding n to the very end, you get the idea. Leverage makes the seat and post feel as if the are disrupting you rythem on a climb or in a sprint.
Broom?LBS Guy
Jun 30, 2001 5:09 PM
That comparison of the seat/seatpost compared to holding out a broom has to be one of the strangest and most unrelated comparisons i've ever seen, they are actually nothing alike, but in the idea of if you hace a lighter weight broom it will be eaiser to hold out longer, than if a heavier one, would be able to compare to riding a lighter bike longer, that almost makes sense, but good try
re: Weight Weenies: A 19lb projectLBS Guy
Jun 30, 2001 5:16 PM
Wheels would fo you alot better than saddle and post, but post wouldn't be a bad idea, i personally wouldn't ride an SLR unless i was a pro, or racing aobut cat2, but its personal preference, a great everyday, superlight wheelset, is Mavic Open Pros, DT Competition or Revolution spokes, and Hugi, or American Classic Hubs, I have a set of Open Pros, with Competition spoke, and Hugi hubs and run me 710gr for the front and 920gr rear, very lightweight, very strong, very stiff, and custom built by me to be perfectly round, dished, and true, very badass wheelset, and could get lighter with American Classic hubs
re: Weight Weenies: A 19lb project or i need to ride more!merckx56
Jun 30, 2001 5:16 PM
GO RIDE MORE ! BELIEVE ME WHEN I TELL YOU IT'S NOT THE BIKE THAT'S SLOWING YOU DOWN! WHEN EDDY MERCKX WAS ASKED WHY HE WAS SO STRONG, HE REPLIED, "I RIDE MY BIKE!". AND THAT WAS A 24 LB. STEEL SETUP! OF COURSE IT WAS PROBABLY THE HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE TOO, BUT THAT NOTWITHSTANDING...GO RIDE YOUR BIKE AND REPLACE SOMETHING WHEN IT WEARS OUT OR BREAKS!
re: Weight Weenies: A 19lb project or i need to ride more!bear
Jun 30, 2001 8:34 PM
I when for a long ride ( for me anyway).. 30 miles of killer hills I was on a 19lb zep ultegra/dura bike,,add the two bottle of water 24ox each and 2 bananas and I think that like another 20lb at least,,, just go out there and ride your ass off and dont worry about the weight. PS. I weight 180 to add...
It's not that the bike's too heavy...nutmegger
Jul 1, 2001 7:48 PM
It's that you're too light. 6'1"/158lbs? Take the money you save from upgrades you're thinking about making and buy some milk shakes for gods sakes. :)