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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:42 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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I'm thinking of buying this:

"Peugeot optimum lightweight 14 speed men's road bike, Reynolds 531 frame and fork tubing,indexed 14 speed shimano exage front and rear derailleurs, alloy shimano crankset with bio space rings, 21 and a half inch frame size, paintwork is a little scruffy,has some silver paint on parts of the frame,doesn't affect running of the bike,Wolverhampton alloy wheels,atax stem with alloy racing bars,exage brake levers with black weinmann 500 brake calipers"

that is all the description I can get on the bike,
I want to use it for commuting and I'm just wondering how light would this bike be exactly? Thanks.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:50 pm 
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I have a Raleigh Clubman with a 531 frame, its weight according to the Catalogue is 27.5lbs, its not super light. I have removed things like mudguards, pump, fitted lighter tyres and it has made it much more nimble.

I would have though going by the description this would be slightly lighter but with some simple mods its possible to reduce weight pretty easily.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:53 pm 
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Hmm, there are no mudguards or anything like that, what else can I do


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:54 pm 
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531 is ok for weight,but not light by todays standards.but there is more to a bike than the weight.a well fabricated and good fitting bike will ride better than a ill fitting light one


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:56 pm 
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phospho wrote:
Hmm, there are no mudguards or anything like that, what else can I do


I am by no means an expert, I am sure there will be plenty of members who will be able to help with weight saving, but the wheels and tyres would be my first guess.

I would be interested in peoples opinions also :)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:02 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Yeah all I want is something around 10 or 11kg


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:05 pm 
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Mine was originally around 12.4kgs, now must be around 12kgs.

I would guess this would be sub 12 but not 11kgs, that's the weight of a modern aluminium £600 roadbike.

They are comfy though 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:08 pm 
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My Emperor TT bike has what I imagine is a pretty average 23" 531 Frame and Forks and currently comes in at 19.6 lbs, but it does have pretty much the lightest set of kit available in the mid 70's....

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... p;t=263892

I'm sure there must be modern kit that is as light or even lighter, but I can't imagine it comes cheaply?

Steve.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:08 pm 
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Really? I went to a bike shop and saw a trek cRomoly frame which was 11kg


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:17 pm 
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phospho wrote:
Really? I went to a bike shop and saw a trek cRomoly frame which was 11kg


How old was it ?


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