Weight Of Bicycle

Known as a bike or cycle, a bicycle is a vehicle that can run by pedal or motors and have a frame attached to two wheels behind one another. The first-ever bike was built by Karl von Drais a German baron in 1817 but that bike did not have pedals. This very first bike was called “dandy horse” or “draisine”. Since then bicycles have come a long way based on size, designs, weight, etc. A bicycle or bike rider is known as a cyclist or bicyclist.

So How Much Do Bicycles Weigh?

When you are trying to choose a bike in the market weight of the bike is one of the most crucial factors you should consider. Most cyclists believe lighter bikes run faster. But is the weight maters? It actually depends on the type of riding. If you have a plan to ride a bike for fun or daily leisure then weight might not be a big deal.

But if you are planning to ride a bike in a competition or races or your everyday commuting then weight can be a big deal for you. Also lighter bikes are easy to store and easy to transport.

So how much does a bike really weigh? Depending on the type a bike or bicycle can weigh around 17 pounds to 80 pounds or around 8 kg to 36 kg. Most road bikes are lightest and can weigh around 17 pounds or 8 kg and Mountain bikes are heavier and can weigh around 25 pounds or 11 kg to 32 pounds or 14 kg.

Hybrid bikes and beach cruiser bikes can weigh around 25 pounds or 11 kg to 30 pounds or 13.5 kg and 25 pounds or 11 kg to 40 pounds or 18 kg. Among all types of bikes, E-bikes are the heaviest and can weigh from 35 pounds or 15.5 kg to up to 80 pounds or 36 kg.

Rider On Mountain Bike

Example Of Different Types Of Bike Weights:

The following bike weight chart includes bikes from the lightest to heaviest models of respective bikes. Weight range can vary a little and you can find in detail and accurate weight from different manufacturer’s websites.

Bike TypesWeights Range
Road BikesCan weigh from 17 pounds or 8 kg to 25 pounds or 11.3 kg.
Mountain Bikes Can weigh from 25 pounds or 11 kg to 32 pounds or 14 kg.
Hybrid/Comfort Bike Can weigh from 25 pounds or 11 kg to 30 pounds or 13.5 kg.
Cruiser Bikes Can weigh from 25 pounds or 11 kg to 40 pounds or 18 kg.
Triathlon or Time Trail Bike Can weigh from 18 pounds or 8.16 kg to 21 pounds or 9.5 kg.
Fixed Gear Bike Can weigh from 21 pounds or 9.7 kg to 25 pounds or 25 pounds or 11 kg.
Cyclocross Bike Can weigh from 18 pounds or 8.16 kg to 22 pounds or 9.9 kg.
Kids Bike Can weigh from 18 pounds or 8.15 kg to 26 pounds or 12 kg.
Folding Bike Can weigh from 33 pounds or 15 kg to 40 pounds or 18 kg.
Commuter Bike Can weigh from 20 pounds or 9.1 kg to 25 pounds or 11.3 kg.
Adult Trike Can weigh from 39 pounds or 18 kg to 44 pounds or 20 kg.
Recumbent BikeRecumbent Road Bikes can weigh from 25 pounds or 11 kg to 44 pounds or 20 kg.

Recumbent exercise bikes can weigh from 50 pounds or 23 kg to 150 pounds to 68 kg or more.
Tandem BikeCan weigh from 45 pounds or 20 kg to 65 pounds 29 kg.

What Are The Factors That Influence Bike Weight?

There are many factors that affect directly to the weight of a bike. These are as follows:

Frame Materials: Materials that are used to make a bike plays a huge role in a bike’s weight. Some heavy-duty materials provide more weight and some keep the weight to a minimum level.

Common materials that are used to make a bike are carbon fiber, carbon steel, aluminum and titanium. Carbon fiber is a lightweight material and it provides a durable and powerful structure to the bike. Carbon steel is a high tensile steel material that is very cheap. It is mostly used as bike material and provides the bike prolonged life compared to carbon fiber. It is also the heaviest material of all types. Aluminum is cheap and lightweight material and less expensive than others. In recent bikes, this material is a common type. Also it provides comfortable and solid rides to the riders. The last material is titanium and it is expensive too. But it provides the lightest components to your bike along with carbon fiber.

Weight Of Wheels: Bike wheels can provide extra weight to your bike’s overall structure. The average weight of a road bike wheel is around 1400 grams to 2000 grams. Although there are some models that weigh just below 1400 grams. So heavier wheels can add more weight to your bike’s overall structure.

Size of Tires: On average bike tires weigh 1 pound to 1.5 pounds each. So the weight of tires can influence your bike’s overall weight.

Bike Seat: some bikes come with narrow seats and some with wider seats. The wider seat is more comfortable and the narrow seats are lighter. On average a bike seat weighs around 350 grams to 600 grams. Models of carbon fiber racings can weigh below 100 grams and titanium-made saddles can weigh around 200 grams to 250 grams.

Bike Rack: Some bikes come with a rack-mounted on the front or back. On average a bike rack can weigh around 1.5 pounds or more depending on the model. On average a pannier bike rack can weigh around 1kg or 2.2 pounds and panniers made from titanium can weigh 300 grams or more. So the bike rack will also influence your bike overall weight.

Accessories You Use: Any accessories you carry or attach to your bike will provide extra weight. If you wear a lot of accessories then you should buy a lighter bike. Bike tubes, bike pump, bike bell, lights, tools, snacks, water bottles, helmets, rims, brakes, etc accessories can increase your bike overall weight when riding.

Your Body Weight: One last thing that is a crucial factor which provides direct impact like above. And that is your body weight. If you are skinny and slim then you can buy a heavier bike that will provide a balanced and stable ride. As heavier distributes the weight of the users evenly when riding. But if you are large then you should buy a bike with an average weight range. Lighter bikes will allow you to accelerate the bike better in different pathways and slopes and hills.

How Much Does A Bicycle Cost?

Depending on various models and types a bike cost can be around $100 to way up to $20000. But if you are looking for a basic bicycle for a casual ride then you can find a decent hybrid or road or mountain bike for around $300 to $1500. Although you can buy a bike for below $300 but materials component will be cheap.

Fun Facts:

>>You can keep 15 bicycles in the same place where you can keep one car!

>>Each year over 100 million bicycles are manufactured and over 1 billion bicycles are used!

>>Seven out of eight people in the Netherlands who are over 15 years old have a bicycle.

>>In the 1970 BMX bikes were created as cheaper alternatives to motorbike races.

>>Largest bike ever made is over 8 yards long and has a height of over 4 yards.

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