[CR]Bike Weight

(Example: Framebuilders:Alberto Masi)

From: "Doug Smith" <douguk2007@hotmail.co.uk>
To: "classicrendezvous@bikelist.org" <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 22:05:28 +0000
Subject: [CR]Bike Weight

During a conversation the other day the subject of bike weight arose . I've often wondered why when someone viewing my bike/s tends to pick it up and pose the question , how much does it weigh. I am never able to answer, simply because I do 'nt know because I 've never checked. Over the years I have never been "weight conscious" my main aim has always been to build up up frame with whatever parts I choose or are available at the time . I loosely classify my bikes as lightweights but when one considers some of the steel and chrome accessories we build up with they are far from light!

So what is it that makes some folk expect their or other persons bikes to be as light as possible. It surprises me the lengths some will go to lighten a machine for few ounces/grams. Where are the benefits ,what is to gained I wonder ? Does any effort to reduce weight really alter the the riding qualities or speed of our classic lightweight machines. I have my doubts!

Doug Smith
North Dorset
UK