Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
Not a competition for bragging rights (because lord knows I have none), I'm just curious to know how heavy a bike you all drag around on your regular commute. The scales say mine's a fatty...
If you have more than one commuter, pick your most commonly used one.
Full running weight (with lights, mudguards, racks, etc - whatever accessories are normally fitted).
Not including water bottles and bags, just over 15kg. I have an aluminium framed, hydro disc braked commuter with a rack and Abus D-lock, Chromoplastic mudguards, the usual saddle bag and lights, gps. No carbon at all!
She still goes like the clappers though
Sinner Mango Sport - (Red Edition) Velomobile. Approx 30kgs with spares, tools etc. Even on my hilly commute its still faster than my 7.5kg carbon roadie was . The comfort, luggage, weather protection etc make it an ideal commuter.
Work provides us with a secure bike cage, lockers and showers. I just ride my roadie (8.7kg) and pop my wallet, phone and security pass in my jersey pockets. And run Re-fuse to prevent punctures.
Mind you, I ride my steel SS on wet days, which only adds a couple of minutes extra (over the 18km ride).
The focus on lightness is, in most cases, incongruous.
Once a bike gets down to very light, then why pay thousands to chase another kg less? I venture that most on these forums, certainly almost every rider I see on dropped bars every morning, has at least a couple of kgs on the seat that could be reduced if every kg is so important. And getting rid of those couple of kgs that are ON the seat is gonna give a far better return than a reduction BENEATH the seat. (And is sorta the end game that many of us espouse as an overriding objective of our riding.)
Anyway, for the record, last time I checked my steed was less than 6kg even withthe water bottle full. However I have spared the survey my click as I am, after all, talking about a heavy steel frame and steel rim that just happens to have most of it missing. I do also tend to carry an excess of stuff in a backpack, even more so in winter. Typically two or three or four kgs.
As a bloke though, I am not inured to the attraction of specs and technology and boys-toys. Incongruous is sometimes my middle name.
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I didn't create this thread to discuss the virtues of lightness, but I am curious to see what constitutes a typical commuter bike. Mine, with lights, mudguards, hub gear, rack and one pannier is somewhere around or above 14kg, but I wouldn't want it any other way (as an every-day machine).
and FWIW there's not much to lose off my body mass (184cm and 72kg wet)...
Mine weighs in a touch oveer 13kg and really needs mudguards, other than that it is a steel MTB frame, no suspension (front or back), lights, rack and one pannier bag. My water is 1.5L in a camelbak so I am absorbing that into my 95kg above seat weight. Any savings made in skinnier fancy wheels would be false as my commute has a lot of bogan glitter and bumpy stuff so I'll stick with my fairly robust aluminium wheels and 700/32C tyres.
I normally work away but on the odd ccasions that I work in the office i commute but i have to lug so much stuff in that i think the back pack weighs more than the bike
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Depends on which bike I am riding that day.
My 40km commute also serves as a training ride, so sub 7kg crit bike, 7 to 8kg race bike, 7 to 8kg TT bike (yep commute of a full TT bike, 18km of quiet PSP for interval training), 9 to 10 kg steel all purpose bike, 10 to 11 kg steel singlespeed, 12kg+ steel commuter with guards, rack & 28mm tyres. 12kg+ rat 7 speed steel pub bike for riding to work and then the pub afterwards.
Don't take me too seriously - I like tech and specs as much as anyone. Besides, that extra KG or so that we carry is the difference between phobic and having a life.
I jut had a look at the results so far and it looks like your survey hasn't attracted a bevy of riders with featherweights so far anyway. The competitive streak in me tells me to click mine just so I can be the first in the sub 6kg class. But the fairness gene in me has prevailed and I'll leave it to someone with a genuine bike.
I used to ride what was a pretty good light bike and associated running gear. But I don't think I ever actually weighed it. In those days it was cool just to be able to claim double butting and lugless construction.
Unchain yourself-Ride a unicycle
Mine is somewhere in the vicinity of 35kg sans riders, although I haven't been able to weigh it exactly. All up it'd be somewhere in the vicinity of 180kg when we leave home in the morning. Tandem + attachment to accomodate a nearly 4 and a nearly 6 year old both of whom are able to contribute to pedalling. The weight is barely significant in practice.
My giant seek is 15.5kg with lights and tools etc. it's not uncommon for me to have another 12 in the panniers.
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill.
Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day.
Daft question, but how is everyone weighing their bike? Do you have bike scales, or do you just weigh yourself on regular scales, then pick up the bike and weigh yourself again, then figure out the difference?
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Mines around 13.5kg with lights, guards and rack. Generally 17–18Kg loaded. Or a touch over 110Kg Gross.
Alloy frame, drop bars and mechanical discs. We tackle a 500m descent each morning and a 500m climb on the way home.
On the weekend though, the roadie feels so much lighter and responsive (and it's no lightweight either at around 8.5kg)
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I added about 12.5kg to my commuter today - brought the weehoo in so I can take the little guy home.
Interestingly despite roughly doubling the bike weight, time to work was pretty much in the middle of my normal range.
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Just a quick question - should I include the usual weight of the the things that I commute with (ie laptop, clothes, lunch, etc) or just the weight of the bike and panniers and rack?
Last edited by westab on Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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