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How much weight would you be able to shave of a Trek.....(10 posts)

How much weight would you be able to shave of a Trek.....chopper
Jun 12, 2002 2:44 PM
if you took of all the damn stickers?
As a friend of mine said, "Paint weighs."cory
Jun 12, 2002 3:36 PM
He dabbled in frame building for awhile, and he never would paint his bikes. I thought it was just vanity about his brazing, but he figured he saved a few ounces. Luckily, the frames folded before they could rust....
speaking of not paintingweiwentg
Jun 12, 2002 4:21 PM
how much would it cost to get a frame anodized? some of the Giants are anodized over the rear half of the frame.
speaking of not paintingsievers11
Jun 12, 2002 8:02 PM
I think you would save like 1 ounces or more on loosing the paint. This might be a good selling point on a sales floor, but is basically pointless.

You would never want to strip a AL frame and anodize it. You would destroy the integrity of the frame getting the pain off. You can strip the paint off steal, but you can't anodize it. And you can strip Ti, but why bother anodizing when most are not painted anyway.

Take the time you would spead talking and striping your bike, and ride your bike, you will surely loose more weight that way then ruining the finish of your frame.
Paint does weigh.............KurtVF
Jun 12, 2002 5:29 PM
maybe ten grams. With a real good imagination you could get the savings up to a few ounces. It would be much easier to use only one water bottle cage screw to get the same weight savings.
i thought paint was more like 6 ounces(nm)rufus
Jun 13, 2002 1:53 PM
/Bianchi - 100 grams for paint?DougSloan
Jun 13, 2002 2:14 PM
Bianchi's website stated that the black, unpainted, "chemically treated" EV2 saved between 50-100 grams over the painted frame.

don't forget these great tips...sievers11
Jun 12, 2002 8:12 PM
1. Cut excess off your seat post
2. Take all grease out of bearings and replace with a light oil.
3. replace all bolts with anodized purple Ti bolts where applicable
4. drill out chain rings
5. remove head badge
6. take out rim strips
7. use helium in your tires and also fill frame with helium
8. shorten and trim all excess cables/housing
9. get some down tub shifters, much lighter
10. loose the handle bar tape
don't forget these great tips...legs
Jun 13, 2002 10:55 AM
ride naked.. sweaty shorts add many grams..
also never use sunblock.. its good for a gram or two..
And ...AllUpHill
Jun 13, 2002 5:54 PM
Aside from any weight concerns, replace all conductive (metal) parts possible with carbon, especially the frame and rims -- the electrical eddy currents in a conductive frame and wheels, produced as you ride normal to the earth's magnetic field lines (mainly if you're riding east-west) will create unbearable resistance. If you insist on riding metalic parts, limit your travels to north-south directions (and I don't mean geographic north-south... watch out for that magnetic pole declination!).