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The 7 pound bike Answered

The wheels are barely over 700 grams for the pair and weight has been shaved off of every possible spot to create a ride that weighs in at 3,195 grams or just over 7 pounds. Damn. I used to have a beast of a cruiser that was easily over 50 pounds.

This bike isn't just for show either. The owner has ridden 1,000 kilometers a week on it!

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Koosie (author)2010-03-06

Wow, cool bike.  Not so sure about the seat, though.  Looks like an instant wedgie!

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whiteoakart (author)2008-03-13

This bike has a high ratio of Boron, particularly in the wheelset. This material is nearly the lightest metal on the periodic chart. Only Beryllium is lighter. Be, however, is extremely toxic. It is used in aerospace and is machined by men in full hazard suits.

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T3hpw9ag3 (author)whiteoakart2010-03-03

Beryllium is also illegal to own ?(not sure) due to it being associated with the production of a nuclear bomb

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whiteoakart (author)T3hpw9ag3 2010-03-04

I think it is because of its toxicity.  In a powdered form it could be used as a weapon of mass destruction.  It's that bad.

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T3hpw9ag3 (author)whiteoakart2010-03-06

yeah. solid form is perfectly safe. powdered form causes all sorts of problems internally. It doesn't have as much style as strychnine, but hey, a poison is a poison.

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Tool Using Animal (author)2008-03-11

So, I'm not a biker, what's a bike normally weigh? And that seat looks more uncomfortable than a trip to the Urologist.

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Typically, a racing road bike weighs in at 17 to 19 lbs.

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amando96 (author)whiteoakart2010-03-04

 i got myself i giant cadex for 70€, 19 pounds... 

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whiteoakart (author)2008-03-13

I have a carbon fiber racing bike that is considered very light. It has titanium components, carbon fiber tubes, and aluminum lugs. It weighs roughly 17 lbs! This is nothing short of amazing. David

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monkeybiker24 (author)2008-03-11

totally amazing. You could lift that bike over your head with one hand. MY CAT WEIGHTS 13 POUNDS!!!!

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comodore (author)2008-03-11

WOW, only 7 pounds!!!Does the small weight make the bike unstable?What material is it made of, aluminum???

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gmoon (author)2008-03-11

Wow, that is simply amazing!

It's likely the durability question is still out. He may ride 1000km per week, but this particular bike has been ridden "only" 1200 km. This fact is buried in the story, however.

I'd probably use a different, heavier saddle, personally ;-)

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Goodhart (author)2008-03-10

I used to have a beast of a cruiser that was easily over 50 pounds.

I know what you mean. My English Touring bike (gone for many many a year now) was made of heavy gauge steel, 27 " wheels. Once everything except the front rim survived a head on with a telephone pole and many many "bad landings" on the ground. It was an old three speed that was stuck in 3rd gear. I was teased a bit about looking like I had the legs of a mule and the rest of me (at the time) was too skinny LOL

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-03-10

Wow! Mine weighs at least 60! I miss my mom's raleigh. Cool bike. Any ideas on cost?

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killerjackalope (author)2008-03-10

That absolutely unbelievable, sadly If I built a bike that light i couldn't ride it in my life, just got a new bike after having the same one for 11yrs, the weight difference alone makes it lift at inopportune times, then I asked for longer forks, big mistake My neighbour has a few lightweight racers and after getting used to the super thin wheels and handlebars I had that problem. Surely this man must blow away on that thing, his legs look to be about the same as my wrists his neck is my pinky... This bike does present an interesting point though, it presents viable windpower to people on bicycles with capes...

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