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    Weight Wars - Steel vs Carbon

    Why we should keep riding our Surlys amidst a sea of carbon

    http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c6801.full.pdf+html

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    Make love not war! My carbon and steel bikes sit right next to each other and get along great!

    http://www.watsonfx.com/roubsix_studio1.jpg

    I think the article does say a lot about the "right" bike for the job. I mean there is no way in the world I could maintain the same pace on my Cross Check as I do on my carbon in a time trial....at the same time, the carbon is certainly not a touring bike either. Wouldn't carry too much in the small seat pack where I have a spare tube......but I will say the Cross Check is a pretty good "do-everything" bike though.

    I did laugh at the part in the article when he said it was more cost effective to reduce the rider's weight versus the bikes. I know a guy who was going on and on about buying a few hundred dollars in new parts and dropping his bike weight by a pound or so. I was like dude, lay off the Twinkies for a month and you'll drop about $1000 worth of weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry66
    I know a guy who was going on and on about buying a few hundred dollars in new parts and dropping his bike weight by a pound or so. I was like dude, lay off the Twinkies for a month and you'll drop about $1000 worth of weight.
    I think the same thing when people talk about buying X part to drop weight. Until I get down to about 170 or so, I don't NEED light weight parts. OTOH, those carbon bars on my Dos Niner sure are pretty to look at.

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    This guy was really funny

    "This was a single centre, randomised, non-blinded trial; n=1. "

    Have to say though.....his results were similar to mine.

    -Joe

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