Why You Want a Light Bike: It's Not What You Think


MAMILs (Middle Aged Men in Lycra) the world over spend $1000s shaving mere grams from the weight of their bikes. Carbon cranks, handlebars, and forks allow highly tuned road bike-ists to climb and sprint fractions of a second faster.

But the North American Transportation Biker is a totally different species! I don't know about you, but the best way for me to shave seconds off my commute is to push the snooze button less.

5 ways transportation bikers benefit from riding a light bicycle:

  1. It's easier to carry a light bike up stairs. Live on the 2nd or 3rd floor? When you park your bike indoors carrying your bike up stairs becomes a core use case. You'll do it twice every day!
  2. It's easier to maneuver indoors. If you lose control while maneuvering your bike in your apartment you can break stuff or hurt yourself. A light bike is much easier to control.
  3. It's easier to park. A light bike tends to be less touchy when it comes to leaning the bike against a wall, participating in a bike pyramid, or using a kickstand on grass.
  4. Light bikes do less damage when they fall over. I've seen falling bikes put holes in walls (or humans) on many occasions.
  5. Public transit becomes way easier. If you're a multimodal Millennial a light bike is a must. Subways have tons of stairs and those bus racks can be tricky with a heavy bike.