the most money I ended up spending was for a new wheelset and tires.
michelin axial pro 231g x 2 /continental grand prix 400s 215 32g
cheng shin 67g + 85g /continental supersonic 54.5g x2 43g
the tires were almost $100 for the pair and tubes were $12 each. after seeing that cheng shin tubes weighed in at 60g+ and were only $6 I ended up just getting the cheng shin as my spare inner tubes.
Rolf Vector Comp Wheelset 2013g /Easton Circuit Wheelset 1781g 232g
The easton circuits were over 110g over the advertised weight. I took off all the decals on the rims to save some weight. I ended up complaining to easton and bonktown about the weight difference and bonktown gave me a discount on the wheels. I spent $199 on the easton wheels which is a pretty good price. The rolf wheels were in pristine condition. I put them up on eBay and actually sold them for $260. I guess they have a cult following as well. They are currently off to their new owner in France.
Both wheelsets weights are measured with rim tape/strips. The rolf had velox 51 tape and I bought some FSA rim strips for the eastons. I read in WW there is lighter rim tape/solutions, but I figured that this wheelset may end up being my training wheel set in the future so I just went with what my LBS had.
generic bottle cage 44g /carbon fiber bottle cage 20g 22g
the bottle cage that came with the bike was a normal white aluminum model. the carbon one was a generic china one from ebay $12.88 free shipping. I decided to keep the old cage as a spare. I might end up getting another eBay generic carbon cage. its cheap and both would still be lighter than the original.
I measured the old bar tape and new tape:
Cinelli Cork tape 34 x2 /sram cork tape 27g x 2 14g
some quick tips:
-the bolts that came with my look pedals/cleats are actually very light and low profile and fit into the bottle cage holes! I saved 6 grams per 4 bolts
(and the best part is that its free).
- weigh the parts you want to swap out beforehand. sometimes you don't realize that the original parts you have are actually light weight. the WW listings page is a godsend, but still has variances and you might have the lightweight version on the bike beforehand.
- WW listing page is still the bible to see whats best to switch out and what to buy!
so here's my bike so far: its was 18.8lbs (8545g) before and now its 754grams lighter! And I didn't have to spend too much since I sold off all the swapped parts sometimes/luckily at a profit too!
I just came from the post office and asked permission to use their large platform scale and saw that my bike weighed 17.13 lbs! Again I know that its not a true Weigh Weenie, but it was on a budget, and I had a ton of fun swapping out all the parts and selling off the others. It was a true learning experience and I have Weight Weenies to thanks !
17.13lbs with pedals, bottle cage holder, computer, and bell (in NYC you NEED a bell