I’m considering a new Hydrapak hydration system. My thought is that a lighter pack over the course of the 100k of the Mohican 100 MTB race in May will make for a faster Joe. The Hydrapak Alivia tips the scale at an impressively sexy and svelt 7 ounces, 198.446 grams…definitely according to Rain Man. The website says it nearly disappears on your back. It should. 7 ounces is less than the weight of a spare 29er inner tube, listed at Competitive Cyclist at 219g. However, if my hypothesis is correct, I can save pretty close to 7 ounces every day of my life by reading a couple pages of Road Magazine on the cold white chair next to the bathtub.
Now I’m not going to fish it out and plop it on the scale, but I’m pretty certain the typical water breaker has to weigh 7 ounces, a bit shy of a half pound. If not, I’m sure eliminating some incidental weight would do the trick, such as some of the electrical tape under my bar tape. Yep, there’s more tape under that bar tape and you probably don’t need to have it double or triple wrapped in 14 places. Pause now, if you need extra time to digest the term "water breaker."
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Incidental weight is the weight of the things you never even consider when pulling the trigger at the local bike shop for a lighter weight bike-a-ma-jig. It’s the dead bugs smashed and sunbaked on the front of your suspension fork and the mud caked under the crown. It’s the big fat pink broccoli rubber band on your spare tube, the best rubber bands known to man. It's three glopping fingers full of chamois cream when 1 finger full would do the trick on your taint. It’s using a seatbag instead of your middle jersey pocket or the 7 inches of extra seatpost below the clamp. It’s wearing deodorant for a bike race, because it's not about how fast you ride but how effortless it appears.
For weight weenies sake, “Take a poo!” It’s what we say to each other flipping through the pages of the latest Colorado Cyclist with the credit card by our side. It keeps things in perspective. It keeps us from dropping $300 dollars on a carbon railed saddle. If it saves less than a poo it’s not for you.
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Anyone of us can probably drop at least a half pound off their race-day set up without spending a dime. Sure it’s not quite as sexy as a Sram Red solution, but now you know why cyclists really shave their legs.