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please give me a range of what you think it should be.
eg. light weight - { # - #}
middle weight.......

My bike (devinci caribou 1) weighs approx 24lb. Pondering whether or not I should try to reduce its weight.
 

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I think 10 lbs is heavy. Ready for that 2nd mortgage?
 

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With my saddle bag and everything in it.. and my heart rate monitor on my bike is 22.5.. my bag is easilly 1.5 pounds. So I assume my bike is around 21lbs.. Which I'm happy with that weight.. but I would love lighter wheels than my Campy Vento G3's..
 

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I may be a bad person to ask since my standards are rooted in the '90s, but I don't really worry about bike weight too much. Many of the ppl who obsess over 1-2 lbs on their bike are usually 10-15 lbs overweight themselves. It seems odd to spend so much money for ultra-lightness (and the reduced durability that often comes with it) when the *rider* is usually the problem.

Rotating weight is a different story... I really really like wheels that spin up quick. This is one of the reasons I'm considering putting together a 26" wheel road bike, maybe even 650B if the right tires get announced at Interbike.

But static bike weight? I couldn't give a rip, at least not until I'm down to 9% body fat or less, and I'm sure not right now.
 

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Id pretty much agree with most people here. My road bike is about 17.5lbs and i consider it really light. I would never swap out already good parts just to save grams but it is nice to have a lighter bike. id call under 15 insane, 15-17 very light, 17-19 light, 20-22 not light but not a problem, 22 and up gets heavy. Keep in mind this is my views for a road bike with a regular setup. (gears, der., brakes, etc.)
 

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livin4lax09 said:
I think under 18 is light. 18-22 middle, 22+ heavy.

But that's just me.
+1. This sounds about right to me as well.

And ditto on the thought that it is certainly cheaper for the rider to loose 5 lbs than to take it out of a bike. It may not be easier, but it certainly is cheaper.

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Jay B.
 

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Wrong path?

SystemShock said:
Rotating weight is a different story... I really really like wheels that spin up quick. This is one of the reasons I'm considering putting together a 26" wheel road bike, maybe even 650B if the right tires get announced at Interbike.
You do realize, don't you, that 650 wheels have more rolling resistance than 700? Your quest for a faster spin-up will result in higher overall energy expenditure.
 

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Kerry Irons said:
You do realize, don't you, that 650 wheels have more rolling resistance than 700? Your quest for a faster spin-up will result in higher overall energy expenditure.
I think that somewhat depends on the build and width of the tire. And triathlon guys seemed to win a lot on small wheels back in the day.

I'm not too concerned even if the RR is a bit higher, as aerodynamics are most of the energy expenditure.
 

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livin4lax09 said:
I think under 18 is light. 18-22 middle, 22+ heavy.

But that's just me.
+2, me too.

As for weight while riding...I don't notice a difference. Between my road bikes, I do my 25 mile loop in similar times. Ironically, I tend to ride my heavier steel bike most the time. I dunno what it weighs...somewhere about 25#'s with water bottle and seat bag. It has the heaviest set of wheels too. MA40's with a 36 hole hub set and straight gauge spokes...bomb proof. Last I weighed it, the set came in at about 24XX grams. (could be more...)
 

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ZoSoSwiM said:
With my saddle bag and everything in it.. and my heart rate monitor on my bike is 22.5.. my bag is easilly 1.5 pounds.

Yeah, every time I pull my bike down off the ceiling hook I'm always amazed at how light it is. (I believe it's in the high 16's/low 17's.)

Then I clip on the saddle bag with two tubes & a multitool in it, strap on the Road Morph pump, and put ~3lbs of water (two 24oz bottles) in the cages...and suddenly I'm always amazed at how heavy my bike is!
 

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Depends on use

Touring bike with racks and fenders--25 lbs is light, 30 is heavy
Sport touring bike--22 is light and 26 is heavy
Stage race bike--16 is light and 19 is heavy
Weight weenie bike--13.321 is light and 13.337 is heavy
 
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