How to Weigh A Bike- Introduction
One of the key factors to look at when purchasing a bicycle is its weight. Weight will directly affect different aspects of the bike’s usage and overall performance, affecting riders of any skill level.
However, there is little common information about industry standard bike weights. This article is a perfect remedy and introduction for bikers who are curious to know about your bike’s weight before and after a makeover.
What Factors Contribute to the Weight Of A Bike?
The overall weight of a bike and the general experience when riding is affected by numerous factors. Some of the major factors that determine the weight of a bike are additional accessories (brakes, suspensions, luggage, and other bells and whistles), the bodyweight of the rider, and the weight of the main components of the bike (frame and wheels).
Average Weight Of Bikes
There is no standard weight for a bike since they come in various designs and uses. However, the average weight of some types of bikes can be generalized:
- Road Bikes: 18 pounds (8.2 kg)
- Mountain & Recumbent: 21-29 pounds (9.5-13.5 kg)
- Beach Cruisers: 35-40 pounds (15.5-18.5 kg)
- Kids Bikes, for ages 5-7: 24 pounds (11 kg)
Note: the weight of a bike is determined by the frame selection and the typical accessories.
Measuring Bike Weight
There are a number of methods to weigh your bike. This video demonstrates one of the options below for further viewing (credit to Seth’s Bike Hacks):
Using A Bathroom Scale
This method utilizes a common household instrument and some simple math:
- Weigh yourself using a bathroom scale; take note of the weight
- Weigh yourself while holding your bike
- Subtract your body weight from the second result to determine the bike’s weight
Using Fishing ScalesDigital fishing scales are relatively affordable and easily available. All you need to do is follow the steps below:
- Clamp the scale to a repair stand or hang it on a hook or strong branch
- Place your bike on the hook using the seat spring for even distribution of weight
- Check the gauge for the weight of your bike
As mentioned, there are no easily accessible industry-standard bike weights. More often than not, you will have to measure this yourself. In part, the weight of a bike is dependent on the components that are used and the frame selection. For instance, a butted Chromoly frame is going to be lighter than the frame with straight gauge tubing.
If you want to determine your bike’s true weight, the methods above are available to you. These methods are fairly accurate and can set you in the right direction to find the perfect bike for your riding style.