Thank you for purchasing through links and ads on this site.
diglloyd Deal Finder...
Buy other stuff at
Upgrade the memory of your 2018 Mac mini up to 64GB
Organic Lab Tested Full Spectrum CBD
20% off with coupon code diglloyd20 at

100% organic non-GMO, no additives or preservatives.
Legal in all 50 states

What Does a Bike Really Weigh For Real Riding?

Last updated 2011-12-25 - Send Feedback
Related: gear, Maintenance

When reading “reviews” at various online biking sites, weights are often quoted from manufacturers, but left out are the details which make the figures useful or actionable. For example—

  • Frame weights are quoted without paint, or a frame weight is quoted a model with minimal paint (a full quality paint job can add 100-200 grams to a frame).
  • Frame weights are quoted without various small parts, e.g., screws required to mount water bottles, derailleurs, adapters, dropouts, etc.
  • Frame weight is quoted while omitting the weight of required adapters for a bottom bracket if one uses a BB different than the default one (e.g., Shimano on a PressFit 30 bottom bracket).
  • Outright lying about what regular production frames weigh (this applies to parts, tires, wheels so much so that quoted weights cannot be considered reliable).

Riding a real bike

Setting aside the bogus claims about bike frames, to ride a bike safely and comfortably on a real ride, the bike is going to get heavier.

When whole-bike weight is quoted, there are these additional items almost always omitted, or glossed over without giving any details:

  • Pedals (bike weights omit this). Dura Ace pedals weigh 248g for the pair!)
  • Extra weight of a power meter.
  • Tire weight.
  • Adapters for bottom bracket differences.
  • Saddle (lots of padding or minimal)?. From 135g to 300g.
  • Speed sensor magnet, speed sensor.
  • Mount for cycling computer, cycling computer.
  • Water bottle cages and bolts required to mount them.
  • Mount for tail light and tail light.
  • Spare tire or tube, tire sealant, tire iron, saddle bag.
  • Tire pump.
  • Stem and handlebar.
  • Extra bar tape (for comfort).
  • Water bottles (regular ones are quite heavy), I use Evian bottles to save about 100 gram over standard water bottles (which also hold much less fluid).

Example weights

Here are various parts that I weighed to get a handle on the extra weight as a realistic setup I have totaled the extra weight that I require on the bike for real rides.

As can be seen, my bike carries about 768 grams = 1.7 pounds more than a stripped down bike. That extra weight is how I raced the Everest Challenge; it was not optional. And I’m not even counting the water bottles or fluid in them.

Can I do without water bottle cages, my power meter or a repair kit? Certainly not.

Weights of extra items on a bike



World of Tamron
B&H Deal ZoneDeals by Brand/Category/Savings
Deals expire in 5 hours unless noted. Certain deals may last longer.
$3199 SAVE $200 = 5.0% $99 FREE ITEMS Canon EOS R Mirrorless with 24-105mm in Cameras: Mirrorless
$1632 SAVE $700 = 28.0% $165 GIFT CARD LG C8PUA 55" Class HDR UHD Smart OLED TV in Electronics: Televisions
$3097 SAVE $200 = 6.0% $77 FREE ITEMS Nikon D850 DSLR in Cameras: DSLR
$1797 SAVE $200 = 10.0% Pentax K-1 Mark II DSLR in Cameras: DSLR
$998 SAVE $400 = 28.0% Sony a7 II Mirrorless in Cameras: Mirrorless
$1798 SAVE $200 = 10.0% Sony a7R II Mirrorless in Cameras: Mirrorless
$3998 SAVE $500 = 11.0% Sony a9 Mirrorless in Cameras: Mirrorless
$5987 SAVE $1839 = 23.0% ZEISS Loxia 5-Lens Bundle in Lenses: Mirrorless
$11594 SAVE $3157 = 21.0% ZEISS Otus ZF.2 3-Lens Bundle in Lenses: DSLR | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
Mailing Lists | RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2019 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.
Display info: __RETINA_INFO_STATUS__