This is drillium done so, so wrong

Is light always right?

There’s truth to the ol’ saying “there’s nothing lighter than a hole”, but sometimes, well, just no.

Popularised by the famously weight obsessed Mercx and peaking in popularity in the '70s, ‘drillium-ing’ basically involves drilling lots of holes into bike parts in a bid to drop precious grams from your go-fast bike.

There’s no denying that some drillium efforts can be beautiful, but this distinctly DIY effort as spotted by Bike Snob AUS — the Facebook account of Brisbane based shop Cranks Bicycle Garage — hasn’t quite hit the mark.

As many commenters have pointed out, it’s likely that the additional drag that this modification will cause will far outweigh any benefit dropping the weight will have, but I feel as though the finer details of bicycle mechanics may be lost on this individual.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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