Thursday, April 14, 2011

How Much Does Your Bike Weigh?

Okay first things first...I have now ridden my bike 13 days in a row.  It is interesting to me because I am intentionally not going for a workout each time.  Some of my rides each week are just cruising around the neighborhood.  I look forward to it each day.  The combined mileage of easy neighborhood cruises and some more aggressive workouts will lead me to more mileage in this month than any other I have ever ridden in my life.  Pretty cool.

 Now, on to today's topic:

A friend of mine, Fizzhog of the UnFat Project, just purchased a new bike. 
It is pricey. 
It is used by famous cyclists. 
It weighs 16.1 pounds. 
It is a racehorse. 
He will love it and I fantasize about what it would feel like to ride it.

My bike is the opposite. 
It was fairly cheap (about $750 with all the modifications and stuff on it). 
It is not a roadbike and there are no famous commuters. 
It is heavy...it is really heavy. 
My bike weighs about 35 pounds.
It is a clydesdale bike!
It can ride on any terrain and can carry groceries on a milk-crate on it's rear rack. 
It feels bulletproof.
I love it because it is built well for a guy of my size. 

So, how much does your bike weigh? 
And how important is "bike weight" to you?

I am curious to know because as I am riding more often now, I find myself wondering how much bike weight matters when it comes to speed.  On my 35-pound commuter with wide tires, I can't seem to get much above the 13mph speed on my average rides.  I know that my weight plays a big part in that, but am I doing an equal amount of work as someone on a very light road bike?

Big Clyde

P.S.  Fizzhog, enjoy the new ride!

9 comments:

Clive Chapman said...

My MTB a full suspension Marin Eastpeak about year 2000 vintage is around 28Ibs.

My MTB commuter of the same year a fully rigid Specialized Rockhopper is about the same.

My roadbike last years Giant Defy 2 is about 20Ibs and feels like a featherweight compared to my MTBs.

I weigh a bit more than that and feel the best way to get a lighter pedalling load is lose the pork!

RockStarTri said...

I've never weighed my bikes but assume they weigh about 20 pounds. My body, in contrast, weighs a lot more. While there is some opportunity to gain speed by swapping out the bike, optimizing your body composition will have more benefit. Also larger riders will break lighter bikes as most of them are designed for people that weigh about 150 lbs.

Of course, bike shopping is fun and bike porn is HAWT!

Tri4Success said...

Not sure what my hybrid weighs and never weighed my road bike but I'd be surprised if it's over 18lbs. I'm not a cycling weight-weenie but I do try to avoid overly heavy items. That wasn't the case initially as I was a clyde but am now down to 178lbs. My original line of thought was I could drop a lot more weight off myself than the bike for a lot less money. There are advantages though - especially when it comes to hill climbing, sprinting, and loading the bike on my car.

Kovas said...

My road bike weighs about 18 pounds and allowsz me to ride hills and distances I probably couldn't on aheavier bike. Every pound counts when cycling, to a degree, and while I agree that losing weight is a free way of making things easier, it's not always that easy.

Jessica said...

Congrats on 13 days!

BFB said...

My bike is a "mixtie(?)" (that's what the guy at the shop told me) from the mid seventies. It probably weighs about 40 pounds. I never really thought about it much until I test road a fancy new road bike that weight about 19 pounds. It felt like I was flying.

I also trained for my first long distance ride on my mother's cruiser last summer. That thing weighs about 60 pounds. I thought I was going to be the slowest person in the race, since training I was averaging less than 10 miles an hour, but once I switched to my bike, I finished in about half the time I estimated.

Jayme said...

I have an average weight road bike. It's probabaly heavier then I'd like, but I'm a broke student. If I didn't race I would have no problem with a heavier hybrid or cruiser. It'd be more important for me to be able to run errands and carry books in my heavier bike, then zip through town for speed.

Kimberley said...

I have no bike! I was thinking my partner and I should each get one...but I am afraid of cars.

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

Hi Clyde. Guessing mine is really heavy (I know it is, but...) because I can't find the weight listed anywhere. Thinking along the lines of RockStarTri that I need a big heavy frame to support my big heavy frame.