Bike weight disappointment
Been making some rather nice upgrades to my Giant Anthem and keeping an eye on the weight using our old bathroom scales. I was really pleased to see that the weight was down to 23.5 lb which seemed plausible from weighing the new parts. Scales broke last week and bought a new one with greater accuracy, just weighed again to check and found it was 24.5 lb so a bit disappointed.
Unfortunately the same goes for me! I’m nearly a stone heavier than I thought I was all this time (I’m a big bloke). I’ve put on a stone this week!! Will I die?
Ah well, back on the salad for a while.Posted 5 years agoRorschachMember
I used to keep the ‘scales of justice/reality’ to hand in the workshop.Punters would come bouncing in boasting about their 26lb orange 5’s and how they lost 4lbs by going tubeless,fitting foam grips and a carbon handlebar.Posted 5 years ago
Apparently our scales were always wrong 🙄
Someone actually brought in the list of components on the bike with weights for each one to ‘prove’ our digital scales were 2lbs out.
I used to keep the ‘scales of justice/reality’ to hand in the workshop.Punters would come bouncing in boasting about their 26lb orange 5’s and how they lost 4lbs by going tubeless,fitting foam grips and a carbon handlebar.
Mine have been referred to as the scales of truth! Surely though it’s just as likely that mine/yours over weigh as it is that everyone else’s underweigh? Perhaps we should take the median weight or something. Over thinking now admittedly.Posted 5 years agomarsdenmanMember
recently moved house and, to my amazement, found our EverRight bathroom scales had me down as losing a full stone in just a week 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Imagine my surprise to find, by moving scales to a slightly less bouncy part of the bathroom floor, i’m still hoarding a very similar amount of lard 😉glasgowdanMember
Bike weights get a bit silly, and I’d not want to be hammering a 23lb anthem around my trails as I like to ride ‘fun’ stuff rather than XC motorways 😉
Something has got to give, to become flexy and less capable, by going super light. Wheels are the obvious place, I’ll always make sure I have some good tyres and strong wheels regardless.
My XC bike is about 28lbs and the enduro bike is 33. A happy 33!
I use salter samson electro digital scales, regarded as extremely accurate (I bought them for weighing fish, something that’s taken very seriously in the world of angling!).Posted 5 years ago
Bike weights get a bit silly, and I’d not want to be hammering a 23lb anthem around my trails as I like to ride ‘fun’ stuff rather than XC motorways
A 23lb bike now is vastly better than a 23lb bike of yesteryear. A light bike with top end kit is nicer than one built on the cheap too, fewer compromises.Posted 5 years agooldnickMember
I bought some digital scales a while back, and the “your scales are crap” excuses started, so I fished out the old kitchen scales weights, which agreed exactly with the digital ones.
“Your weights are wrong” wasn’t long in coming…
Anthem 22lbs, Pivot 26lbs, both get sent down the Beast, around trail centre jumpy bits etc. The secret is I have no money left 🙂
Strong and light but not cheap.Posted 5 years agomattzzzzzzMember
I’m with Glasgowdan on this one, if you want your bike weighed accurately find yourself a serious fisherman like a carper or specimen hunter as they have the best scales money can buy ( within reason)Posted 5 years ago
Salter Electro Samsons being tge benchmark in digital accuracy and reliabilty or a nice set of Reuben Heatons will do the job in an old school way.
I have fox Digitals( not THAT fox) permanently hooked up to the roof ( unless I’m fishing) just to see what stuff weighsnick1962Member
I am happy that my bathroom scales always seem to over exaggerate the weight of my bikes.That makes me more of macho riding god when I sail past the lycra clad XC carbon mincers on the climbs on my heavy hardcore steel beast complete with my kilo of poo still inside me,baggies, 3 litre Camelback ,pads and sodden 5 10s.Posted 5 years ago
Then I wake up…ScapegoatSubscriber
So those super-accurate luggage scales I bought in Poundland are going to let me down? 😥
On a more serious note I have a cheapish ebay set of hanging scales that agree pretty well with my “average of four calculations of me on the bathroom scales on a non-lumpy part of the garage floor holdingthe bike, minus just me on the bathroom scales on a non-lumpy part of the garage floor.”
Oh, and I’m low-carbing, so I can’t shit a kilo. A Malteser every three days is more of a target right now.Posted 5 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
I rebuilt my road bike last weekend after it’s usual winter strip & clean.
Was mortified when it went on the bike shop digital weight gauge and showed 17.04lb. I need to lose 0.05lb to get it under 17lb…Posted 5 years ago
Might have to replace the bottle cage with a carbon one… 😉mrblobbyMember
Kryton, that rarely works out!
Unless you are looking to put the bike on a diet, there’s little but disappointment and a new obsession to be gained from weighing it.
Having said that I was actually quite pleased with my Mmmbop at 25lbs and 5oz on my mates Park Tools scales, and that was with fat Minions and High Rollers. My mate who’s scales they were was less pleased with his 28lbs Stumpy though 🙂Posted 5 years agolehutchMember
Funnily enough I asked my LBS to stick my Yeti ASR5 alloy on the scales at the weekend, just been built from what I believe to be reasonably light components (xt all round, Thomson stem and seat post, carbon bars etc) so was expecting it to come in around 12kg (26.5lbs)
Was surprised when it weighed in at 13kg (28.5lbs)….
Still rides great though 😀Posted 5 years agoOrange LadMember
Weighted the Motolite the other week was more out of curiosity than anything else was quiet surprised when it came in at 26.6lbs had thought it may have been around 25lb but then it is a large. Still rides nicely and does everything I want it to do so can’t complain.Posted 5 years ago
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