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I am sitting in my office pretending to work, reading....(6 posts)

I am sitting in my office pretending to work, reading....John-d
Nov 7, 2001 3:05 AM
Cycling Plus magazine. All part of my run up to retirement at the end of the year because it's dangerous to suddenly stop without warning.

There is an article on the CAAD7 Cannondale that was apparantly previewed at the Interbike Show. Any one see it?
The article says that it could weigh 14.3 lbs. rendering it illegal for UCI racing.

What do you all think? Should the UCI weight limit be reduced or abandoned or should cyclists have to go through the same procedures as jockeys and attend a weigh-in with weights attached to the bike if it comes in under weight.

Finally does weight, or lack of it have a safety issue as regards handling and road safety. Would it be possible to race a bike that weighed 1 lb, what's the limit?

I know that there are lots of postings on the subject of weight, but I find it all very interesting and would like to know what you all think
re: I am sitting in my office pretending to work, reading....TrekMan
Nov 7, 2001 3:39 AM
As I'm new to the sport I'd like to know where the weight rule came from, and where the UCI plucked the 16 lbs. value (it's 16 lbs., isn't it?) from. And is the weight for the whole bike, or is it just the frame?

As for my opinion I feel that the UCI should force everyone to have the same weight frame OR just scrap the weight rule altogether. But that's just my 0.02 Euros.
The minimum weight is 15lbs (6.8kg) I suspectJohn-d
Nov 7, 2001 5:26 AM
the weight was that of the lightest bike at the time of decision.

It will change, just the same as truck sizes get bigger, regardless of the damage they cause. Still that's a differnt subject

i figure they introduced the weight minimum for ......dupe
Nov 7, 2001 4:19 AM
2 basic reasons.

firstly, to level the playing field a bit. not all racers have sponsorship from an overweight, innefficient public service or multi-national conglomerate. this makes it easier for new riders and racers.

secondly, and probably less so for the reason that cycling pro's wouldn't go too extreme in their weight shavings. all of us at one stage act like supermodels when it comes to figuring out how to save weight, luckily most of us snap out of it before we go too far.

im sure that the big pro teams could build reliable 12 pound bikes. the hard part is im all for advancement in design and materials but i like the idea on the rider not the bike being the only factor in race results.

it is interesting to note that formula 1 Grand Prix cars have minumum guidelines and weight restrictions for similar reasons. but it is always criticised as well.

ciao, ben
As a non-racer I care far more about durability than weight.MB1
Nov 7, 2001 5:17 AM
Racers have support when they race those ultra-lite bicycles, they don't train on their lightest equipment for the same reasons we don't use the stuff-durability and reliability, oh one more reason-cost.

However the racers need for better parts does trickle down to our level as better, lighter and cheaper parts that do work for us. We just don't want to be too early on the learning curve of what really works.
Well, get back to work!...DaveG
Nov 7, 2001 9:35 AM
Just kidding. The UCI rule is primarily aimed at leveling the playing field. Personally, I think the weight rule and the banning of certain aerodynamic advantages (e.g. hour-record bikes) are a good thing. This sport is supposed to be about athletes COMPETING not about mechnical engineers, advanced materials and wind tunnel testing. Obviously, that cannot be completely eliminated but it can be de-emphasized. Ask yourself: have lighter bikes made the Tour de France more exciting to watch then 20 years ago? Does a lighter or more aero bike make it more competive?. I would say no. As a further retro-grouch action, I'd like to see the UCI ban the switching of bikes during a race for other than mechanical reasons. Fortunately for Cannondale and others, there's a line of recreational cyclists willing to open their wallets for super-light stuff that aren't affected by the UCI.