I have always been curious to know what are the benefits of reducing the weight of the bike?
I finally came across an interesting book “Cutting-Edges Cycling” where I found this information. Below you will find the table with relative benefits during the 20K climbing time trial (3 %, 6 %, 12 %).
What do you think?
Is it easier to lose a few kilograms from your body or from your bike?
Switching from aerodynamic to light wheels
|Grade of climb||3 %||6 %||12%|
Dropping bike weight from 10 to 7 kg
|Grade of climb||3 %||6 %||12 %|
Hunter Allen and Stephen S. Cheung. (2012) Cutting-Edge Cycling, Advanced training for advanced cyclists.
We can see a larger difference in benefits after a change in weight is made the slope increases. Novice cyclists can gain even 7:25 min be losing 3 kg from his bike. And another 1:12 min by switching wheels.
But we can see that all categories of cyclists can benefit at 3% uphills and even 6% for the elite, with aerodynamic wheels.
It is important to keep you bike light and aerodynamic as much as possible, benefits are significant