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I rode a heavy bike and liked it(3 posts)

I rode a heavy bike and liked itContinental
Dec 30, 2002 8:04 AM
I put drop bars and down tube shifters on my Trek 720 hybrid that I ride with my wife and kids on local trails. I took the 35 lb monster with heavy 700-38 tires out onto the road and had a blast. Those wheels build up a lot of intertia and are almost like a motor to push over small hills. Does anyone intentionally build up and ride a heavy bike just for kicks? What's the heaviest bike you ride?
My SS started as a Trek 620; about the same weightcory
Dec 30, 2002 8:36 AM
I've thought for years that we overemphasize the importance of weight in everyday riding. I don't know what it weighs now, but my singlespeed started life as a Trek 620 tourer, with racks and 35mm tires, and it's a 25-inch frame--had to be 30+ pounds anyway. It's lighter now with the driveline stuff off it, but I've added fenders and put on cyclocross tires for winter. The weight doesn't matter much except when I'm climbing, and then I try to look at it as a training aid.
My main ride is about 42 pounds ...Humma Hah
Dec 30, 2002 9:45 AM
... as presently equipped. For centuries and longer, I strip it down to a dainty 40 pounds.

I adore the sensation of spooling those massive chromed-steel rims and fat tires up to speed. The smoothness of the ride, and ability to soak up hits if I get careless (gets a little hard to concentrate around mile 130 or so), are not matched by any lightweight bike.

The cruiser's my sweetheart. I'm building up a lighter fixie for brevets and double-centuries, but so far the only bike I've taken past 70 miles is the old Schwinn singlespeed.