Calling All Weight Weenies

Look around. For years cyclists have been spending thousands of dollars trying to shed weight from their machines. Carbon fiber frames, super light wheels, and high-end, lightweight components. The idea being, of course, that it takes a cyclist more energy to average the same speed with additional weight. Saving energy for that crucial moment is what competitive cycling is all about. So how do we gain a competitive advantage without breaking the bank? There may be another way.

We will let you in on a little secret. How about working on your endurance base, interval work, and nutrition plan in order to lower body fat and thereby create a lighter, more aerobically efficient athlete and save a ton of money in the process? Hell of an idea right? Instead of rolling around on that $5,000 carbon fiber steed, work on training technique, cut back on the burgers and beer, and watch your Lactate Threshold and VO2 max improve, thus making you a better, more efficient and wealthier bike rider. Trust me, there is nothing more satisfying than dropping the guy with the best equipment on your mid-level carbon frame and Shimano 105 components. Just get out and suffer.

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