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Weight on Trek vs. Lemond(2 posts)

Weight on Trek vs. LemondColuber
Oct 25, 2001 8:49 PM
I'm currently debating between a Trek 2200 or 2300 and a Lemond Buenos Aires or Alpe D'Huez. I'm only weigh 150 or so, but I do tend to end up carrying rather heavy cargo on my back (things that I would never put on a rack in any case, so that's not an issue... things like a french horn, other instruments, a laptop, etc), and as this bike will be used partially for commuting, I am taking this into account. I'm pretty used to riding in heavy traffic laden with at least a horn, if not a bag of books as well, on my back, and tend to ride just as aggressively, hammer up hills, accelerate out of intersections, etc, as I do when I'm not weighted down. My question is whether the extra weight with no accompanying change in riding will be an issue with either of these frames... effectively, I turn into a very small 200+ lb rider on a 52 cm or smaller frame. Just wondering if this will have an adverse effect on the longevity of either of these two frames.
No problemjtolleson
Oct 26, 2001 11:00 AM
I'll try not to grimace to much at the thought of being on a road bike in traffic with books and a french horn on one's back!!!

All these frames will be fine, and given that you are a relatively light rider (when not commuting) my guess is that you'd really enjoy the Lemond if it fits.

Have fun.