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 Post subject: Retro weight weenie tips
PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:50 pm 
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Give us your best BITD or modern weenie tips :)


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:58 pm 
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ooo im interested in this for when i build up my steel frame

im not really that fussed about weight though, but interested to see whats possible (at the lowest cost for me, id rather have heavy and cheap than expensive and light)

ive got my proverbial sofa! :D


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:00 pm 
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how effective does it have to be? :shock:

Drilling out seat post clamps :D


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:01 pm 
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Bic pen ends for bottle hole blankers ;)

Drill !

Get a lighter bottom bracket.

Insulation tape as rim tape.

oh and when it's being weighed get your lightest tires and inner tube.
Course these are often pants tyres in use so only for the scales ;)

Another one, I've just mentioned today.
Hub axles.. see those spacer that pad it out, buy a length of Aluminium tube, ID and OD of the correct size.
Saves grammes on an M900 one. Suntour of course already thought of that and they used Alu spacers, milled out ones at that.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:32 pm 
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Weightwatchers or slimfast should be the 1st step in my case :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:02 pm 
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good topic mr k :lol:

look at the cheaper shimano groupsets ,may not have the strength
or longevity but less metal = less weight
its quite suprising how much lighter say acera is over some of the more
high end stuff

a mill and a lathe also help in this

a stainless steel brake pivot bolt weighs 4 grams after machining
and costs 5p
a titanium one weighs 3,3 grams as bought for £2.35
everything can be made lighter if you know what you doing


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:18 pm 
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Loose a stone in weight, you will ride much faster.












BTW, I don't practice what I preach


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:24 pm 
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thats not the point is it


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:40 pm 
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I seem to recall a mag article BITD (MBUK probably) that reckoned you needed to spend £100 to save 1oz - and we're talking late '80s here.

I still have my lightweight Air-B latex tubes - is there a modern equivalent?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:02 pm 
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Carge wrote:
I seem to recall a mag article BITD (MBUK probably) that reckoned you needed to spend £100 to save 1oz - and we're talking late '80s here.

I still have my lightweight Air-B latex tubes - is there a modern equivalent?


Well there are many much lighter now, Air-B's are ~130g
Panaracer R-Air's are the closest to the Air-B Butyl/Latex mix. (about 150g)


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