[CR]Weight ranges and Columbus tubing

Example: Framebuilders:Alberto Masi
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: "Bianca Pratorius" <biankita@comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 18:28:09 -0500
Subject: [CR]Weight ranges and Columbus tubing

Help me out here. If the recommended weight limit for SL and SLX tubing is 154 or 150 lbs. than what if anything different does a 185 pounder experience from someone like me that weighs 155 lbs? I have a bunch of friends that like to compare bike experiences. We frequently ride each other's bikes and comment about ride quality. I had often heard that steel bike tubing is a lot like a spring suspension on a car. The spring was designed to flex and rebound with a particular weight range but could become overloaded if that range is exceeded. A lot of bikes that I describe as stiff are sometimes described as other by heavier riders. Is it their weight that is the most important variable here or is it individual preferences ? Has anyone on the list weighed 150 pounds and later gained 30 pounds and then perhaps lost it? This is the only way we can get a somewhat objective understanding.

Garth Libre in Miami Fl USA