I got some new tyres for my main bike, and then for I don't know why, started taking off accessories that had accumulated over time. Bye Pannier Bags, Bye Pannier Rack, Bye Saddle Bag with Puncture Repair Kit/Tools, Bye Hitch for Tagalong, Bye 1.5L Water Bottle and cage, Bye Pump. Bye Front Light and external Battery Pack, bye Rear Light, Bye Handlebar Bag. My bike is probably less than 1/2 the weight it was with everything on it now. It seems nicer to ride now and made me wonder why is it that we non racers accumulate so many accessories?

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My system weight is 105kgs.   If I took 2kgs off the bike, I would still be hauling 103kgs uphill in total...

My bike would be far less useful if I couldn't ride it at night or use it to carry stuff.

But hey, you can also take the wheels off and that would make your bike even lighter.

To paraphrase Colin (I think, and if he doesn't mind), make your bike as heavy (or as light) as it needs to be.

In other words your metric should be fit-for-purpose rather than weight, although the two impact one another. By removing stuff from your bike you were obviously assessing whether it was necessary or not, and coincidentally, it ended up being lighter.

I'd love to see a pic of Jason B's rig!

I agree with the "fit for purpose" comment, and will more than likely put everything back on over time. While it doesn't have all the accessories it does look good (and shows off my new tyres). hehehe

With so many accessories it ends up looking cluttered. Why can't we get a bike which is "fit for purpose" and integrated that way in its design (eg.. an integrated rack which will carry different pannier bags without looking like an afterthought)?

I think you just need more bikes. 

One for each purpose.

Works for me. ;-)

While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three, the correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned.

This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.

Yea, but a really neat bike might just help you get another partner, which will let you get even more bikes!

Get rid of your car as that weight is unacceptable.  :-)

You wanted your bike to get lighter. Well, I`ve got advice for you. Drill a lot of holes in your 29er frame as that alloy is a bit heavy.

You get rid of lights then you are a ninja rider. :-)  "Bye Saddle Bag with Puncture Repair Kit/Tools and Bye Pump", Oh if puncture gods strike you, then don`t blame anyone but you.

Fed up with everything on your bike, then why not get a roadie that have got nothing else on it.     :-)



All you should need to change a tyre/adjust gears/break a chain should fit in a tool roll small enough to fit in a jersey pocket/spare bidon cage. You probably don't need the largest battery pack for your lights unless your commute takes more than 2 hours.

Snowy,  was throwing around the idea of getting rid of the car.... and getting something bigger, where I can put the bike inside :-) and hopefully in the meantime with my new tyres, I won't get any punctures.

Get a Kombi van and make it lightweight as possible and there`s more room in it. :-)

What kind of tyres get did you get? Was it Schwalbe of what?

I recently installed a ghetto blaster in my bike. Works a treat. Not sure what it weighs, maybe a couple of kilo, I don't notice the difference.


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