This month we are celebrating Tour De France and I will be dedicating everything on two wheels. I love to see things in motion and have been fascinated with bikes or actually anything on wheels for as long as I can remember and I still love riding my bikes through the hot summer days. Well Singapore ONLY has two season the hot and rainy one that is.
I remember riding a trike when I was 2 or 3 years old and then when I was older I got a BMX from my parents and everything went crazy after that. I love the time riding out with my buddies at 3 am just to feel the cool breeze, so far I have owned a couple of number of bikes from BMX, MTB, Roadbike, Tri-bike, vintage bikes and I am still currently building a monster of a bike which I am targeting to be sub 6kg
when it comes to losing weight it takes a lot of effort to be counting calories to lose weight, this applies also to bikes as well, I have to watch what I buy. LOL I am counting everygram and the bike below gives me inspiration. Am not looking to buy a bike off the rack as it will take the fun away from building your own bike. When it is done, I will post up the full completed bike. (hopefully its finished by end of the year)
Check out the below bike that has already been through a diet and is pretty slim. introducing Stevens Comet only weighing in at 5kg or a little over 11 lbs , amazing
Perched on scales to reveal its staggeringly low total weight of 5.07kg, the Comet is an absolute beaut. It’s not going to be seen in the pro peloton anytime soon at this weight, but this 9,990 Euro number is going to be the pride of weight weenies everywhere. It comes complete with full SRAM Red groupset, Ritchey Super Logic cockpit components and Xentis Squad 2.5 Tubular wheels.
But wait if you were in amazement of that 5kg bike ? Please don’t crap in your pants when you hear that there is a lighter bike, in fact it is so light you can say 6 cans of coke will be heavier than it, lightest bike in the world weighs in at only 2.7kg, yup you heard it right? its only 2.7kg or 5.9 pounds. Amazing wonders…
In 2008, a German named Gunter Mai stunned the cycling world by building the lightest road bike ever made. The initial build of his light bike tipped the scales at just under 3.2 kg, and he eventually tuned it down even more to roughly 2.8kg. And it was no mere show bike; Mai reportedly logged over 20,000km on the machine in its first couple years. But he shocked the cycling commumity again when, early this year, he suddenly parted out the entire bike and sold each piece individually, scattered to the four winds.
But some of the key parts made it into the hands of a Colorado rider who wanted to reincarnate the anorexic beast, and he sent off the custom Spin frame, THM fork, the stem/handlebars, and a few more parts to Jason Woznick of Fairwheel Bikes in Tuscon, Arizona. There, Woznick set to work sourcing the lightest parts available to finish off the build. Almost every part on the bike is completely custom, and cannot be purchased off the shelf anywhere, for any price.
Holding the machine is truly breathtaking. There’s nothing to it. Even picking up another object of similar weight isn’t quite illustrative, because, for example, a gallon of milk is very dense (and also two pounds heavier). Picking up a six-pound bike is different — it simply feels like nothing is there.
Full story can be found here at TriRigs.com website.
When it comes to cycling, most people are looking for the speed factor and when it comes to speed its always relate to weight, that that will relate to “MONEY” with a lighter bike you will definitely use less energy, but there are many theory against this (something about moving mass etc etc)
This post is not about weight anyway, its more of this material composition called “Ceramic” , people are paying top dollar when it comes to ceramic, being watches, phones, jewellery etc..etc.. and this virus has also infected the biking industry, but dont be surprise that ceramic has been around for ages So why does one ceramic makes it so much faster?
Integrity – Ceramic bearings are 10 times rounder than steel bearings and 20% more rigid. No part of the bicycle is subjected to more intense physical conditions than bearings, increased stuctural integrity in the bearings leads to a more efficient bike.
Durability – In various tests, ceramic bearings have been found to be 5-20 times more durable than steel bearings. So if your steel bearings typically last 3-4 years, ceramic bearings should last a minimum of 15 years.
Weight – Ceramic bearings weigh 40% less than steel bearings. Weight savings are most beneficial on rotating parts, nothing on your bike rotates faster than the bearings.
What do these numbers mean for a rider? Well, FSA did some testing and found that a bike equipped with ceramic bearings was 4% more efficient than the same bike equipped with steel bearings. So for every 100km ridden on the steel bearing equipped bike, the ceramic equipped competition rode 104km, while expending the same amount of energy. If we assume the peloton averaged 40km/hr, that’s a win by…..SIX MINUTES!
I was suppose to embark on my project which is long overdue, it was the “Parts by Parts” project which involves building a bike parts by parts, and by building everything from scratch this ceramic bearings has come to my attention, Do watch the video and let me know what you think? Do you believe in them or not?
Believe it or not this bike cost $14 000 buckaroos, how crazy is that ? Did you know that a Chef in China earns only $402 a month ! how long does he have to work to earn that freaking bike? a total of 3 freaking years just to get that bike and that is if he spent all of it on installment just for that bike, and what bike am I talking about ? check it out here.. (more…)