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    I'm looking to take some weight off my bike....

    So I figured I'm going to go all weight-weenie on my hardtail, but without spending too much money. Here's my plan for losing weight:

    Lose the front wheel. A skilled rider should be able to ride a 2-hr+ wheelie, so removing the wheel only reinforces the point. I can then cut the fork off at the crown -- I figure I should leave some steerer/headset in there to help balance while wheeli-ing.
    Lose the front brake caliper/cable/lever. No need to stop a wheel that isn't there.
    The bike is already fast on its way to becoming singlespeed. No more pesky derailleurs and extra cogs and stuff. I can get rid of some extra chain, too.
    Get rid of the grips. Those are old-fashioned anyways. A real hardman rides bare aluminum handlebars.

    So.... I think that's it. Suggestions? Thoughts? Did I get everything?
    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    Ride a unicycle. No chain, no bars etc.

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    Ride nekkid.
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    Ride with no tires on. And use 65 mm crank. Plus only the pedal axle, ditch the pedal body. Remove the saddle and seat post/seat collar. You don't need them to wheelie your way.
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    stand up, loose the seat pansy.

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    stand up, loose the seat pansy.
    Or sit down. You got yourself a built in dropper post. Just adjust your height accordingly and clench the clamp shut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    Ride a unicycle. No chain, no bars etc.
    Make that a carbon fiber unicycle with carbon fiber wheels and carbon fiber seatposts.
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    Hucking Kitty never needed a bike.
    I can barely get my mouth around it.

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    Come on, you guys. I'm looking for legitimate suggestions only. A unicycle is definitely not a bicycle. And David, I definitely need at least one tire. Otherwise the ride will be too bumpy.

    I figured I could take off the rear brake too. Brakes only slow you down, anyways. I also cut a bit off the nose of the saddle. It just gets in the way of.... other things, anyways.

    But here's a photo of what I've done so far. Feedback?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails I'm looking to take some weight off my bike....-318300_2234086656251_1370472504_32333259_617520288_n.jpg  

    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    So I figured I'm going to go all weight-weenie on my hardtail, but without spending too much money. Here's my plan for losing weight:

    Lose the front wheel. A skilled rider should be able to ride a 2-hr+ wheelie, so removing the wheel only reinforces the point. I can then cut the fork off at the crown -- I figure I should leave some steerer/headset in there to help balance while wheeli-ing.
    Lose the front brake caliper/cable/lever. No need to stop a wheel that isn't there.
    The bike is already fast on its way to becoming singlespeed. No more pesky derailleurs and extra cogs and stuff. I can get rid of some extra chain, too.
    Get rid of the grips. Those are old-fashioned anyways. A real hardman rides bare aluminum handlebars.

    So.... I think that's it. Suggestions? Thoughts? Did I get everything?

    The best way to loose weight from a bicycle is to sell it. That way some one else can push it up hill!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    But here's a photo of what I've done so far. Feedback?
    Feedback : You suck at editing

    But maybe try to ride a extra small frame ? Just have to cut out section of the frame and weld back the ends.
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    Come on, you guys. I'm looking for legitimate suggestions only. A unicycle is definitely not a bicycle. And David, I definitely need at least one tire. Otherwise the ride will be too bumpy.

    I figured I could take off the rear brake too. Brakes only slow you down, anyways. I also cut a bit off the nose of the saddle. It just gets in the way of.... other things, anyways.

    But here's a photo of what I've done so far. Feedback?
    Uhhmm. Doesn't the word bicycle mean 2 wheels? Removing 1 wheel, is making in a Unicycle. All you're doing is making a heavy unicycle or a unicycle with a handlebar.


    I'm sure you're next project is to remove one of the 2 rear wheels of a TRIcycle, so it only has a front and rear wheel.



    FYI, Wikipedia definition of a Unicycle...
    A unicycle is a human-powered, single-track vehicle with ONE wheel
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecub View Post
    Uhhmm. Doesn't the word bicycle mean 2 wheels? Removing 1 wheel, is making in a Unicycle. All you're doing is making a heavy unicycle or a unicycle with a handlebar.


    I'm sure you're next project is to remove one of the 2 rear wheels of a TRIcycle, so it only has a front and rear wheel.
    No, no, no, no..... You see, this project originally involved a human-powered vehicle with two wheels. I'm just choosing to lose one of those wheels. So it's still, for all intents and purposes, a bicycle. A unicycle doesn't even pretend to be a bicycle -- it knows what it is, and it knows that it will never live up to the reputation of its two-wheeled brethren.

    Besides, unicycles don't have chains as their drivetrain. At least, the normal ones don't. And my project does have a chain. So it can't possibly be a unicycle.

    Duh.
    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    Why loose weight? Take a few friends with you to have fun

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    Loose both brakes, real men don't need
    to stop or slow down. Or you could just
    ride a hipsters bike they don't have much
    in the way of parts on them.

    Best, John

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecub View Post
    Make that a carbon fiber unicycle with carbon fiber wheels and carbon fiber seatposts.
    will carbon fiber wheels hold up well on a mtn bike ?
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    Go on a diet or hire a "little person" to ride it for you. Also, a piece of memory foam duct taped to your head might weigh less than a helmet.

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    Get off the bike and walk, you do it for the hills anyway, might as well just take in the scenery on the rest of the trail.
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    Id scrap the passion forum all together, its a breeding ground for unicorn milkers, rainbow chasers and candy cotton farters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonnie1952 View Post
    will carbon fiber wheels hold up well on a mtn bike ?
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    Certainly. Both my bikes have CF wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonnie1952 View Post
    will carbon fiber wheels hold up well on a mtn bike ?
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    Just be sure to use 29er specific carbon parts, because the normal ones might disintegrated if you use them on a 29" wheel bike because it goes so fast
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    Loose both brakes, real men don't need
    to stop or slow down. Or you could just
    ride a hipsters bike they don't have much
    in the way of parts on them.

    Best, John
    Didn't you see my mad Paint skillz? I got rid of the rear brake too. I figure I'm going to take another page out of the hipsters' book and cut down my handlebar. Only pussies ride wide bars to compensate for their lack of stability on the downhills and strength on the climbs.

    I think about an inch of bar on either side of the stem should be sufficient. I think I'm also getting better at editing photos on Paint to see what my bike will eventually look like.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails I'm looking to take some weight off my bike....-handlebar.jpg  

    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    Why do you need a headset?
    Or a stem for that matter. You don't have to steer a front wheel anymore.
    Just weld the stubby handlebar directly to the top of the head tube for more weight savings.
    And no more full welds. Tack welds only. Should cut down a few grams, maybe even a full once.
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    Two words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecub View Post
    Make that a carbon fiber unicycle with carbon fiber wheels and carbon fiber seatposts.
    I could be wrong but I have never seen a unicycle with "wheels" and "seatposts". But I have seen them with "A" wheel and "A" seatpost.
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