:idea: Been browsing and reading discussions re bike weight and other related issues. Whle out with the dogs today have been thinking. My red alloy azonic 2 1/2 inch riser bars came today and are very light. (Needed to raise bar height as 6'3")see bike as below)) the question is this: why do we worry so much about weight of bike, components, tyres etc when once the thing is built and before we ride off on it, we stick on a half kilo water bottle and a bike bag or rucsac or both.
Bearing in mind I weigh 18st plus, does an extra kilo or two of bike really matter at my level of riding and that of most normal people who ride for fitness/leisure. Surely the lighter the bike the further you have to ride for the same calorific value and fitness benefit?
So, when riding should I be in flip flops and a thong or a deep sea diver's suit? (Metaphorically speaking) and does it matter?
or are aesthetics more important?
My pet theory is that getting the lightest possible bike is a dead loss for most people as their own weight is likely to be "Sub-optimal" [STEP AWAY FROM THE PORK PIE AND PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR, FAT BOY! Just in case you weren't sure what I meant by Sub-optimal], so spending £60 on a carbon or titanium widget to save 2oz is rarely a good investment. There are cheaper ways to shed 2oz weight from the total rider+bike+baggage combination. However for certain frames I think you can be a bit too light for off road riding. People marvel about the springy ness of Tange Prestige frames, I even saw someone of more "Stature" than me flex his frame just by leaning against it however I find my Stump jumper rigid and unyielding. I can do Stockdale Lane far faster, and comfier, on my plain Tange Marin Muirwoods than I can on the Stumpy. I think I'm not heavy enough to activate the springyness.