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     Timbo updated 5 years, 10 months ago 3 Members · 3 Posts
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  • Robmet

    24 September 2014 at 6:08 am

    About 18 months ago when the scales were just about to touch 20 stone I thought this is getting a bit out of hand. Started trying to watch what I ate a bit more and a few month after bought a roadbike, since then iv really noticed a difference in both fitness and weight.

    So I was thinking as a bit of a treat to myself and an incentive to keep going that for each stone I lose in body weight I would buy shiny bike bits to lose a pound off the bike? That way me and the bicycle can get lighter together and I think the 1 stone = 1 pound ratio should work out quite well, anyone done anything similar?

    At the moment I ride a bog stock Supersix 105, the wheels are the first in the firing line for an upgrade. Currently they are Shimano RS-10 which are quite a solid set of wheels so will be satisfying to upgrade.

    I was thinking Campagnolo/Fulcrum, possibly some of the Tune black series off wiggle? Any suggestions?

    Will I make a fashion faux pas by putting campagnolo wheels on a shimano geared bike?

    Not massively fussed by this aero craze with deep wheels, I have a frontal area like a bus so doubt it will make any difference in real world riding.

  • Steve Kish

    24 September 2014 at 11:47 am

    Rob, well done in the weight loss dept but TBH, losing a pound (0.454kg) off the bike is a big ask. You may be able to do it once or possibly twice but after that, it becomes very expensive, law of diminishing returns and all that.

    Wheels are the right way to go if you want to notice a big difference and as Fulcrum make wheels with both Shimano/SRAM and Campag/Miche freehubs, you shouldn’t be frowned on, even by Shimano purists.

    You’re also right about the aero craze not being worthwhile unless you’re an elite rider or time triallist. The lowest of the ‘non-training’ Fulcrum wheels is probably the Racing 3 at 1555gm. These retail at about £350 a pair if you look around but buying a carbon-based aero wheel at about that weight is quite a bit more pricey, about £800 a pair.

    Also, a good set of quality tyres such a Conti GP4000s and Supersonic tubes will make the bike feel quite lively and responsive.

    FWIW, I’m currently on Fulcrum Racing 3 with Supersonic tubes and 25mm GP4000s tyres. My friend Big Ken has also slimmed down from nearly 22 stone to just under 18 and he now gets by on 110/120psi in 25mm tyres as opposed to the 140psi that he had to have in 22/23mm tyres, well above Conti’s max. pressure.

    After wheels, there are various upgrades in carbon but perhaps a set of Deda Newton bars and stem may help as they seem to be a bit lighter than standard alloy stuff.

    Seatpins – hardly worth it.

    Cranks – again, not much.

    .. it’s all about how much you want to throw at the bike.


  • Timbo

    24 September 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Tubby din-dins here was all about deep section aero rims last week?

    To paraphrase ‘it doesnt matter if they’re heavier and the brakes dont work any more, i want fast looking carbon aero rims’.

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