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What does frame paint weigh?(10 posts)

What does frame paint weigh?gmc
Jan 19, 2004 3:01 PM
I have a buddy repainting a frame - a used-to-be-nice frame that's now becoming a beater bike - but when he told me he thought the frame paint would add about a whole pound, I had to throw the BS flag. I think it's a lot less - like may 100 grams tops - but I'd never thought about it, and really have no idea.

So what DOES painting a frame add in weight?
50-100 grams normally; could overdo it, though nmDougSloan
Jan 19, 2004 3:18 PM
FWIW, that's the figure we got, too.Cory
Jan 19, 2004 5:47 PM
Dorking around with a friend's bike one night, we weighed the bare frame, then stripped it for repaint and weighed it again. It lost just shy of four ounces, which is around 100 grams. It was a 64cm, so average might be a little less.
I recall reading that Simoni's Spider paint job added...PdxMark
Jan 19, 2004 7:14 PM
at least 100g to his bike, so that he wouldn't ride it in the mountains. Not that 100g would have mattered to his TdF riding, but that's for another thread.
That's terribleChainstay
Jan 19, 2004 7:22 PM
Not to mention the decals, especially with the billboard ads that some of these bikes have and then the metal headbadge. No wonder I can't keep up on the hills
When I was deciding whether or not to paint my Sevenjtolleson
Jan 20, 2004 8:05 AM
the folks at Excel Sports told me that between the coats of paint and clear coat it would add 3/4 of a lb to the bike. Several folks I reported that to said it was hooey, and frankly I don't have a clue.

FWIW, I painted the bike anyway, since I had been riding bare ti for several years and wanted to change the look. I've never been sorry, and I really can't say that I have a clue as to whether it really added 3/4 lb.
I wonder how much the paint on this weighs.DERICK
Jan 20, 2004 8:56 AM
I guess when you're that big a few extra ounces don't really matter.
holly macro.. are those 20" wheels?? nmcyclopathic
Jan 20, 2004 1:38 PM
... that's the ONLY logical conclusion (nm)Akirasho
Jan 20, 2004 3:28 PM
Be the bike.
re: What does frame paint weigh?blownpupil
Jan 20, 2004 11:47 AM
Come on! Does it really matter?

This is not directed to the poster of this thread, but let's get REAL!

Is the bike being put into space where every gram may have to be accounted for?

Just silly.