- Do heavier bikes make you fitter?
Yes.Posted 5 years ago
A mate of mine bought as his 1st bike, a Marin Quake cos it was cheap but weighed about 2 tons (not you Ton). Anyway he rode it for a year all over the Dales & NYM but always lagged behind (except on the DH’s where he absolutely flew) Then he bought a 5 which weighed about 15lb less & had not so bouncy shock & forks & now he flies up as well as down & I can’t keep up with him!crikeyMember
isn’t really all that much when considered in the context of all the weight that’s being moved.
The difference between a 35lb bike and a 25lb bike is 10lbs, or 4 kg.
It’s not a large percentage of an all up weight of 80-90-100kgs. It will feel differently, but it’s still not a great deal.Posted 5 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
Bit more at play than just weight – my DH bike is 5-10lbs heavier than my pedally full sus, but much much harder to pedal uphill because of angles, suspension, etc.
As someone said above, it probably will make you fitter, but the wrong tool for the job will more than likely put you off altogether.Posted 5 years agoDufferMember
There are too many variables.
A 35lb bike with skinny, high pressure tyres will be more efficient than a 25lb bike with soft, fat tyres.
The weight of a bike should only ever be considered in the context of the complete riding package; ie the bike, rider, camelback, etc. If the rider is carrying an extra 20lb, then what’s the point in trying to pay extra for a lighter bike?
Stop worrying about it, and enjoy riding!Posted 5 years ago
No, obviously it won’t make you fitter riding a heavier bike.
Training properly will make you fitter.
But by riding a heavier bike (with the other stuff that George mentioned) & different gearing etc, shirley that is a form of training?Posted 5 years ago
Anyway, my mate got fitter, & thats a fact!TexWadeMember
If you have a lighter bike and can move it faster then you should do more work and therefore get fitter than lumbering around on a heavy bike slowly. There is also a school of thought that riding a lighter bike more quickly gives you better handling skills – why bother training on a heavy bike if you are unable to take advantage of the higher speeds allowed by a lighter bike ?Posted 5 years ago
I don’t make any attempt to save weight on my winter road bike. Full bottles, saddlepack, guards, lights etc. The aim is to be ride the same hilly loops at the same pace as on my summer bike. It’s a subtle difference (bike weighs ~6-7lbs more) but it works me a bit harder over long rides.
I’ve also come back from bikepacking trips of 10-12 days and after some recovery time, found my SS climbing was better. Partly down to the volume of riding during the trips, partly the weight on the bike adding to the work done and building some strength.
So weight’s only a part of it but it can be useful resistance training. Agree with vondally, it may not make you fitter but it should make you a bit stronger.Posted 5 years agodavidtaylforthMember
But by riding a heavier bike (with the other stuff that George mentioned) & different gearing etc, shirley that is a form of training?
Anyway, my mate got fitter, & thats a fact!
Is this a troll? 😀
Yes, training on a heavy bike with funny angles is good training…..for riding an inappropriate bike.Posted 5 years ago
Currently that arguement is raging between my nephew and eldest daughter both early 20’s……..he is insistant that it all makes you fitter and healthier have a big 35lb bike, she is stating fitness will come on any bike it is about a training regime…..so in preperation of being the arbitor any views?Posted 5 years ago
Is this a troll?
You tell me, but I didn’t start the thread did I?
My pal didn’t take my advice when he bought the bike & I told him it wasn’t the most suitable bike for what we ride, which is mainly Yorkshire Dalesy stuff. But here’s proof that he did take the wrong bike (for about a year till he could afford something else!)…
He got fit. (or did I mention that already?)Posted 5 years agokayak23Subscriber
In the Eighties, Women and that, used to put weighted ankle and wrist bracelets on when doing excercise so that it had further benefits and so sports shops and Sunday supplements could sell us more rubbish.
Surely we should all be strapping bags of sugar to our bikes instead of all this weight-weenie nonsense?Posted 5 years agondgSubscriber
Surely the pace of the ride is important – if you’re putting out 200W it won’t matter if your going slowly on an anvil, or screaming along on a carbon wunder bike.
If you’re riding as a group moving at the same speed though, the guy on the anvil will be stronger and fitter, but won’t notice it until he gets on the carbon bike.Posted 5 years agomotozuluMember
Not sure, but all I know is that I work harder to keep up with the pack on my Zesty, than I do on my XC bike.
Having started last summer on a 13.8kg entry level HT and riding with mates with higher end, lighter HT’s I was always the ‘rear gunner’. I’ve just got a new HT which is around 11.3kg and all my mates are amazed at the difference in me, as if I’d been on an intensive training course.
Well in a way I have – to do the same route as them for 9 months whilst trying to keep up I must have put in half the effort again that they did.
Yes, you will get fitter on a heavier bike as long as you are doing exactly the same route at exactly the same speed as a lighter bike is.Posted 5 years ago
to do the same route as them for 9 months whilst trying to keep up I must have put in half the effort again that they did.
Not really, you only carried 2.5kg more on the old bike. Enough to feel, but not a big enough difference overall. So take more credit for your gains yourself ) the riding has got you fitter, the new bike effect and a few other performance gains it offers has added to it.Posted 5 years ago
the origianal question was do heavier bikes make you fitter…defo not a troll or subjective…..
heavier bikes increase or give additional strength but not fitness, weight training in a gym can make you stronger and will oincrease your fitness but will not increase your VO2/aerobic capacity to the level of specific aerobic capacity. Crossfit is something else…
Heavier bikes as a training choice …not really…but a big chain ring than you race with may well help Tinker Juraz trained with larger gears to give more endurance.
so imho heavier bikes will not make you fitter but will inrease your muscle mass……
rolling resistance now that is a whole new thread…………. 😆Posted 5 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
he is insistant that it all makes you fitter and healthier
‘fitter’ and ‘healthier’ are two different things and one doesn’t result in the other, lugging a heavy bike around could just make you stronger – and neither fitter or healthier. I’d say the pursuit of fitness is often detrimental to health, either through risk, or wear and tear or any number of other factors. Given the number of pages that threads about injuries run to, the way many of us cycle might make us fitter in a competitive sense but not healthier if the accrual of injuries curtails our longer term mobility and in turn our ability to maintain a healthy degree of activity.Posted 5 years agosteve_b77Member
Doing more work over a sustained period of time will make you fitter / stronger / what ever.
As said before, int the grand scheme of things the weight of the bike has very little effect on overall speed IMHO.
Granted it’s very nice to have a nice light bike with blingy bits, light wheels and fast tyres……….. but if on that bike you push a bigger gear at a reasonable cadence, you will be doing more work and get fitter anyway.Posted 5 years ago
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