Discussions of bikes and weight make me irrational. So today, before breakfast, after forty-odd miles yesterday and bein' on my feet much of the rest of the day at the party, I took the Monster on this ride.
Some facts about the Monster:
- It weighs 30.5 lbs., plus water bottles;
- It has flat pedals, not "clipless";
- It has downtube friction shifters, as noted;
- The tires are 30mm, inflated 70psi front and 75psi rear.
So before you drop $3,500.00 or more to be faster on a new bike just because it's lighter*, be sure that you've taken care of some other stuff first:
- Make sure you're in good physical shape;
- Make sure your bike fits (you don't have to go to Hart's for a Guru fit, but everybody who's done it has been impressed with their results); and
- Make sure you've honed your riding technique.
*The proper reason to buy a new bike, as far as I'm concerned, is "because you love it." 'Nuff said.