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weight distribution(6 posts)

weight distributionhayaku
Mar 27, 2002 12:05 AM
Is there a recommended percentage of weight distribution over the front and rear wheels? Has anybody measured this themselves or have any information about it?
55/45Len J
Mar 27, 2002 4:51 AM
I've read somewhere, (Can't find the link) that ideal is around 55% rear & 45% front.

You need help to measure this but I've done it using a bathroom scale and a board that is the same height as the scale. First put your rear wheel on the scale (Front on the board), get on the bike (With someone holding you up) get in the drops & have your assistant note the weight. Now repeat with the front wheel on the scale. Add up the two weights, now take the rear wheel measurement & divide by the total, that's your % over the rear, repeat for the front.

Len
Depends...DINOSAUR
Mar 27, 2002 8:06 AM
Of the geometry of your bike. I think my Klein is dialed into somewhere around 48/50 (short chain stays). I need to distribute weight on the rear wheel when making tight curves or the rear wheel will hop off the ground. This is where stem length comes into play. I read the post about the bathroom scale on VeloNews. I'd go nuts doing this, it took me weeks just to figure out where exactly to mount my cyclocomputer on my bars. Hmmmmm come to think of it all that extra junk I carry in my seat bag doens't help.
Probably your anatomy makes a difference also, plus your riding style..tinker, tinker...(it took me 3 years).
48/50, What happened to the other 2%? nmLen J
Mar 27, 2002 8:23 AM
Sliding back and forth on your saddle...DINOSAUR
Mar 27, 2002 8:44 AM
You can vary the 2% by sliding back and forth on your saddle, depending on what you are doing. I've found that I feel perfectly balanced if I'm seated in the center of my saddle (50/50). But when I'm descending and making tight turns if I don't slide back on my saddle my bike gets real skittish. Opposite for climbing and making tight turns, if I don't move forward on my saddle my front wheel will come off the ground. Saddle selection/rail length, makes a difference also I've discovered. I like a flat saddle so I can move back and forth. I seldom ever ride any flat roads and I wear out a lot of cycling shorts changing positions all of the time.
Good topic..it's what works for you...probably where you have the weight distributed on your body makes a diff also...
fer real - i think most people are 60 % rear - 40% front NMSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 27, 2002 11:48 AM