when weight svaing goes extreme

02gf74
02gf74 Posts: 1,168
edited January 2011 in MTB general
Ok, so had some time to spare and 3 mm aluminium sheet so made 2 aluminium tyre valve nuts.

The thread was cut using an old tyre valve, filed down to a taper and 4 slots cut.

Don't have scales that go light enough but the 2 brass nuts show up as 2 g, whereas the 2.0 aluminium nuts show up as 0.0 g.

(every little helps!!)

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  • .blitz
    .blitz Posts: 6,197
    Save even more weight by not using the nuts :)
  • ilovedirt
    ilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    Can I ask why?
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  • Chunkers1980
    Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    That's nuts! Defo not the nuts.
  • mikeyj28
    mikeyj28 Posts: 754
    That's nuts! Defo not the nuts.

    +1 definitely NUTS!!
    Constantly trying to upgrade my parts.It is a long road ahead as things are so expensive for little gain. n+1 is always the principle in my mind.
  • 02gf74
    02gf74 Posts: 1,168
    ilovedirt wrote:
    Can I ask why?

    It is important to keep unsprung weight as low as possible. Like I said, I had time to spare so other than sitting watching grass grow, this was more productive. and give me a psychological advantage over someone with brass nuts. 8)
  • 02GF74 wrote:
    ilovedirt wrote:
    Can I ask why?

    It is important to keep unsprung weight as low as possible. Like I said, I had time to spare so other than sitting watching grass grow, this was more productive. and give me a psychological advantage over someone with brass nuts. 8)

    Surely having big brass nuts is better than having little mincy alu ones for a sport like MTB though :wink::lol:
  • njee20
    njee20 Posts: 9,613
    I use none at all. Do I have a 'psychological advantage'?!
  • My mates seem rather envious of my heavy nuts :lol:
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  • wobbem
    wobbem Posts: 283
    langster wrote:
    My mates seem rather envious of my heavy nuts :lol:

    Exactly why I empty mine before a race - every little helps 8)
    Don't think, BE:
  • Get a grip man!!! :wink:
  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    lack of Ti fail.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
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  • dan shard
    dan shard Posts: 722
    Have a poo before you set off

    Miles better
  • njee20
    njee20 Posts: 9,613
    Alu is half the weight of ti.
  • sniper68
    sniper68 Posts: 2,910
    What is this weight SVAING you speak of :wink:
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    dan shard wrote:
    Have a poo before you set off
    Miles better
    njee20 wrote:
    Alu is half the weight of it.
    Depends what you've eaten.
  • ilovedirt wrote:
    Can I ask why?
    Because he can.
  • edhornby
    edhornby Posts: 1,780
    how long did this take and why weren't you out on a training ride instead :D
    "I get paid to make other people suffer on my wheel, how good is that"
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  • Surely its better just to empty your nuts before a ride, that should save some weight.
  • mikeyj28
    mikeyj28 Posts: 754
    wobbem wrote:
    Exactly why I empty mine before a race - every little helps 8)

    haha it is all in the feel and pressure
    Constantly trying to upgrade my parts.It is a long road ahead as things are so expensive for little gain. n+1 is always the principle in my mind.
  • Rindle
    Rindle Posts: 219
    I'm sure I read somewhere once about a team leader who got a team mate to cut off a toe to save weight. Maybe you should try that route?
  • The Rookie
    The Rookie Posts: 27,812
    If you let all the air out the tyres, that will save weight.

    Maybe you cuold have the bars/stem/frame/steerer sealed and evacuted as well?

    Simon
    Currently riding a Whyte T130C, X0 drivetrain, Magura Trail brakes converted to mixed wheel size (homebuilt wheels) with 140mm Fox 34 Rhythm and RP23 suspension. 12.2Kg.
  • Northwind
    Northwind Posts: 14,675
    That's only extreme if you cut off some fingertips while making the things.
    Uncompromising extremist
  • Thewaylander
    Thewaylander Posts: 8,594
    02GF74 wrote:
    ilovedirt wrote:
    Can I ask why?

    It is important to keep unsprung weight as low as possible. Like I said, I had time to spare so other than sitting watching grass grow, this was more productive. and give me a psychological advantage over someone with brass nuts. 8)

    Or you could have gone riding?
  • 02gf74
    02gf74 Posts: 1,168
    ^^^ I did go riding, and well, the difference was quite extraorodinary. 8)

    (I am sensing quite a lot envy over my lightweight valve nuts) :P
  • njee20
    njee20 Posts: 9,613
    And you weigh close to 100kg?

    I'd start looking at the body part removal route :-)

    I'm confident if you'd spent the time riding initially, rather than making these, the extra fitness would be significantly more advantageous than the weight saving!
  • d87heaven
    d87heaven Posts: 348
    You could lighten them further by drilling a series of holes all the way round them. Or you could try using unobtanium, its much lighter.
    Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals! Except the weasel
  • Steve_F
    Steve_F Posts: 682
    Having a shave in the morning could probably have saved the same amount of weight!!

    Still, no point knocking it, you had spare time which you could have sat on your ar$e and you did something you enjoyed. I am trying to fix and clean all my bikes at night at the moment to keep away the January blues have been leaving me in front of the TV eating crisps. Good effort!

    Could you make my an alu stomach to replace this even heavier one than usual that I've got just now!?!?!
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    + cheap road/commuting bike
  • projectsome
    projectsome Posts: 4,478
    You could just run around the trail without the bike. That'd save a lot of weight.
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  • joshtp
    joshtp Posts: 3,966
    AWESOME! Love it! full marks for dedication!



    Some people don't seem to get it... it's not really about the weight, it's just a fun thing to do, and a productive way to waste time.


    very neat.
    I like bikes and stuff
  • wobbem
    wobbem Posts: 283
    joshtp wrote:
    AWESOME! Love it! full marks for dedication!



    Some people don't seem to get it... it's not really about the weight, it's just a fun thing to do, and a productive way to waste time.


    Ha - so is emptying my nuts :lol:
    Don't think, BE: