While you’re guaranteed to get a comment from a friend suggesting you “just go to the loo before your ride”, that isn’t nearly as fun as buying new, shiny bits and we’ve got some suggestions on how you can make your bike that little bit lighter.
1. Upgrade your wheels
ENVE, purveyor of carbon loveliness produces some very lightweight kitJack Luke / Immediate Media
While it’s among the most rehashed advice given in cycling, moving to a lighter set of hoops should usually be your first port of call if you’re trying to shed weight from your bike.
Stock wheels rarely cut the mustard and not only will a lighter set of wheels drop weight from your bike, they will also likely make it feel more spritely with less effort being required to spin them up.
Unsure what to look for in a new set of wheels? Check out our buyer’s guides below.
OneUp is one of a host of manufactures bringing 1x set ups to the marketOneUp
Although many bikes are now designed around 1x drivetrains, converting an older 2x or 3x bike to a single ring set up is guaranteed to drop some weight, reduce maintenance and make for a cleaner looking bike.
As well as the surplus chainrings you’ll lose a shifter, mech and cables, so the weight savings quickly add up.
Find out how to convert your bike to a 1x set up in our article below.