Friday, September 12, 2008

Somethin to ponder "weight weenies"

Woktu posa2 gini terlintas d pikiran aku dapat kurangkan berat badan. Sekarang berat lebih kurang 94kg sebelum nih 105 kg (sebelum kayuh basikal). Kalau dah tuan basikal kurang berat, basikal pun boleh la kurang berat sikit. Tambah pula belanja makan dah kurang , jadi bolehla berbelanja kat benda lain.............kat bawah nia ada sikit artikel yang wat aku terpikir kejap. Mungkin member2 lain pun boleh share their thoughts.

mmm.......buat kawan2 yang dok tercari cari 1 pound berat = lebih kurang 450g.

OK, you're a weight weenie. You want every gram shaved so that you can climb faster and handle the bike quicker. Well, weight is certainly a concern, but, in a world of full suspension, it is not as much of an issue as it used to be. Riding within the limits of light equipment can certainly limit your ability to go fast. Downhill cycling technology has changed the way we think as mountain bikers. If you ride with anyone who rides the very edge you will notice that they are more concerned with durability and travel than with weight. After years of BMX, motocross, screaming down ruts and a few trips to the hospital, the way moto bikers approach weight is the exact opposite from the way a weight weenie does: They pick up the bike, shake it a bit and pronounce it, "Too light!"

The most important factor when considering mountain bike components is rider to bike weight ratio. Obviously, if you weigh 250 pounds, a 23 pound bike would be dangerous. Race bikes for these heavy dudes can weigh in the neighborhood of 27 to 28 pounds and do not hold up for more than a couple of years of racing. Weight is also dependent on use and terrain. The "big boy" category demands that components are not compromised in strength. If you weigh 130 to 150 pounds, then you can go with DT Revolution or Titanium spokes, light rims and a feathery air fork and be able to ride without too much caution--ON MOST XC TERRAIN. A race bike can be built to 21 or 22 pounds for these lighter riders. If you weigh between 150 and 170 then you can probably go for the same set-up, but will have to think about the light components as you are riding, AND YOU WILL HAVE TO RESTRICT WHERE YOU RIDE. If you weigh between 180 and 220, then you are going to have to start thinking about stout components, especially spokes, rims and frame. IF YOU RIDE ROUGH TERRAIN AND RIDE FAST AND HARD, THEN NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU WEIGH, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BUILD A STOUT BIKE.

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