|Stupid "Lightweight" bike projects.||alansutton|
Jun 30, 2003 1:05 PM
|Seems like every year people start these "lightweight" bike projects. This weekend I saw a few of these "projects". The bike is built with a hodge-podge of parts, alloy bolts, drilled out everything and because nothing but a one-ride death trap. Anyone one else notice the same? What's the point in spending so much time and money into a project that will get out on maybe one ride?
|the trick is both||DougSloan|
Jun 30, 2003 1:15 PM
|The trick is to get light and reliable, which means major bucks.
I think people who are seriously into light stuff have the bucks and do it more for the hobby and bragging rights than serious performance gains.
I like light, but would not sacrafice reliability too much.
Some after market parts are just as reliable as stock, like some SRP ti bolts. Just follow appropriate installation procedures.
|Can be fun. . .||Mike P|
Jul 1, 2003 5:50 AM
|Last year I built up a new bike. I wanted to see if it was possible to build a light-weight bike without spending a fortune. Not including a cost for the time I spent looking for parts, I was able to put together a sub 16 pound bike for under 1600.00. No trick stuff, no drilling, just good parts and a bit of time. Altec 2+ frame, Look HSC3 fork, Deda stem and bars, Dura Ace components, Alien seatpost, and Am. Classics wheelset. I'd say I have around 8,000 miles on it so far with no problems (I know, I most likely jinxed myself with that one).
Why a light bike? I don't know. Most poeple can't tell a bikes weight by looking at it. There have been many posts on this site related to the pros and cons of weight reduction, which I have followed with interest. It seems, in the end, there is a general "proof" lighter does not give you any noticable advantage. I disagree. We can go to websites and see the wattage requirements to make it up X hill in Y amount of time with a 20lb bike is not that different than would be required on a 16lb bike. The four additional pounds may not make much difference if power output is constant but the power I can put out decreases as the elevation gains start adding up. I don't have any numbers but I would say after 10,000 feet of elevation gain I feel, in some cases, to only have 50 percent the power I did at the start of the hill. In my own little brain, four pounds makes a difference; and it's just my perception.
Is this to say weight reduction is better than going aero? No! Do you have to spend a furtune to decrease the weight of your bike? Certainly not. Will it make your bike less safe to ride? No. My next project will be an attempt to build a bike concentrating on aerodynamics with a bit of light-weight thrown in. And of course I will see how little I can spend doing it.
|re: Stupid "Lightweight" bike projects.||Akirasho|
Jul 1, 2003 6:24 AM
Be the bike.