When I wrote that first article on shaving weight off the bike I had only a vague idea that I could take a few hundred grams, lightening both the bike and my wallet (in quite unequal measures) at the same time. Well, those days of innocence are long gone and we’ve moved on. I now have a goal. Suddenly, this amusing game has become a serious quest for precious grams.
As you all are undoubtedly aware, the (seemingly outdated) legal limit for pro bikes, imposed by the UCI, is 6.8 kg (15 lbs). A helpful coach suggested last night on the phone that maybe I should shoot for that. Why not, I thought. How hard could it be? My bike weighs in at 7.5 kg (16.5 lbs) already, so I’d only need to take off 700 grams to get near illegality.
Turns out, it’s not as simple as it seemed last night. Here’s a rundown of upgrades I might…maybe…possibly be able to afford.
- Pedals: 30 grams
- Saddle: 124 grams
- Shoes: 150 grams
- handlebars: 100 grams
- Seatpost: 50 grams
- Stem: 50 grams
- Tires: 60 grams
- Tubes: 50 grams
Total savings: 614 grams. Still legal and therefore unacceptable. I will continue to look at the most cost effective way to get the Infinito to fighting weight, but in the meantime, if any of you have suggestions, I am quite impressionable and naive still. Shoot!.