How to make your bike lighter: Weight weenie top tips

Kasper Asgreen's Specialized S-Works Aethos bike
(Image credit: Etienne Schoeman)

For decades, probably since the dawn of the bicycle, cyclists have been trying to make their bikes lighter. I'm sure Octave Lapize - the first rider to crest the Col Du Tourmalet in the Tour de France back in 1910 - wished his bike was lighter as he winched it skyward. Fast forward several decades and the British time trial scene was gripped by 'drillium' with competitors drilling every and any metal component in sight in a bid to save weight. 

Today, the understanding of how to ride faster is more rounded, and aerodynamics plays a greater part. But hill climb events still see modified lightweight bikes dripping in carbon fibre, sawn-off handlebars and drilled-out derailleurs.  

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