Photo: One of our standard rental bikes "Bugno" set up for Larry
We're rarely fans of the "enthusiast press" those bike mags and websites with the "10 Ways to beat up your friends" or "What you must buy right now" headlines. Too often the content seems tailored to advertising rather than genuine information or reading enjoyment.
Now and then there ARE exceptions like this one on Velonews.com Read "Bike weight and the myth of fast bikes" for example. Chances are this article will be next to an advertisement touting "world's lightest bike" or "sub 900 gram frame" or something similar.
We give them credit for the courage to publish information like this, despite what those advertising clients might say. Here's another great article on the same subject.
We harp on this subject because we see too many obsess about how much their bike does or does not weigh, especially to the point of choosing equipment that is fragile or just unsuitable to the kind of cycling most of us do, even when it comes to climbing the Passo Stelvio. (Larry rode the bike in the photo above up the Stelvio this year in fact)
We love lightweight bikes when it comes time to load them on the roof rack. The rest of the time weight (or lack of it) is not noticed, but when it comes to climbing steep hills, proper gearing and attitude make much more difference in enjoying your ride than whether your bike weighs fifteen pounds or twenty.