Using Lightweights for commuting.

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
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I can not believe what I read here.
A light bike does replace good fitness.

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by Illuminate

I acknowledge the April fools days joke :)

Regardless, just ride whatever you want and what makes you happy. If this means cruising around on a $3k set o f wheels, who cares? Plenty of plonkers drop 20x that amount on their cars which spend most of their lives stuck in traffic jams.

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Plenty of plonkers drop that amount on a girl for one night, and more if you count dinner.
My wallet is the lightest thing on my bike.

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by petepeterson

+1 do what makes you happy.
Can't stand the "i only ride my good wheels 3 times a year" approach. Life's too short.

My only advice is if you are going to be investing in LW's then why compromise for clinchers? If you are organized and have a can of glue and new tires pre-glued for when you flat it's not that big of a deal running tubulars. Assuming $ isn't an issue.

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by Zakalwe

No one's saying you shouldn't ride your good wheels or whatever as often as you can, and you should. I commute on my Boras often because they're on the bike I want to ride that day.

But what being suggested here is buying a set of Lightweights to use primarily as commuting wheels, which is pretty ridiculous. I didn't buy Boras to knock out the 5k commute as aerodynamically as possible.

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by durianrider

I rode my mates Obermyers around the car park the other day. I was surprised how good the braking was on them. Perhaps things have improved on LW's in the last few years.

The reason I prefer clinchers is incase of a flat. Then again some people rave about tubulars with sealant being the ticket. I havent had a flat tyre on my XC bikes in 5 years since running sealant.

So Milenstein tubulars seem to be the popular choice?

Money is not an issue. Functionality is. The bike will be anywhere it can be stolen.

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by NiFTY

While I wouldn't get lightweights for "commuting" but I would also not have qualms about riding them everyday, albeit, probably not in the wet, but I would avoid riding any carbon wheel in the wet. I have almost 6K on my meilenstein clinchers, rock solid, no issues in a little over 12 months. I alternate with another bike with roval clx40s on it. Also carbon clinchers.

Re: riding tubs instead of clinchers, whilst I would not go searching a 10K 20% grade to descend on a set of carbon clinchers I regularly climb and descend on them and heat build up is not an issue. To those of you that find delamination a giant issue I would ask how many times a week you descend a hors category climb per week.
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by F45

I wouldn't trust my commute to such a cheap set of wheels.

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by CLEAR

I commute (15-17k each way) to work every now and then on LW obermayer genII, conti sprinter. After two years, no problem... Parked inside office of course.

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by durianrider

Looks like the meilenstein clinchers are the ticket.

16/20 spoke config. Im around 65kg.
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I am 72kg and 16/20 are fine.
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by RyanH

I "commute" when I can to client sites. When I say commute, it's more of a training ride that happens to end at my place of work for the day. With that being said, I have two sets of wheels to choose from, Reynolds DV46 tubs and Enve 25 tubs. After 3 days of commuting 50K each way, the wheel choice was simple: the Enve 25's. If you're riding a lot, and long distances, the smoothness of a shallow wheelset will become readily apparent. Every inch of rough tarmac will be that much more noticeable on a stiff, deep wheelset when you're tired, and not exactly super stoked that you have to go out and ride to get where you need to be.
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by n808

I commute on my road bike in dry weather, and am looking to upgrade my Mavic Ksyrium Elites at 1830gr. They have stayed true for 10 years and around 20,000km, so I could probably manage to commute with a somewhat lighter set of wheels, albeit not super lightweight and not super expensive, perhaps around 1500gr - 1550gr. While I understand the general sentiment of this thread, commuting is training as well, and good, reasonably lightweight and comfortable wheels are a great enhancement to such rides.
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