How Much Does A Bike Weigh? (All Bike Types & Why It Matters)

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My friend Jeff LOVES biking.

How Much Does A Bike Weigh

One weekend we decided to go on a ride across a stunning mountain. This path is known for being rough and bumpy.

Fast forward to the weekend, and everything seemed to be going to plan until Jeff showed up with a new bike.

This new bike was SUPER light and gorgeous to look at. But riding it on a rocky mountain didn’t work out so well…

The weight of the bike matters a lot.

So, how much does a bike weigh?

This depends on the type of bike you own. The average weight can range from a mere 17lbs to a mammoth 86lbs.

To help you figure this out, we have spent hours researching and measuring the bike’s weight. In this guide, you will learn:

  •   The weight of various bikes that range from a road bike to an electric bike.
  • What makes a bike so heavy?
  • How to choose the correct bike.
  • And much more!
What's In This Guide?

      Weight Of A Road Bike

      Getting a road bike can vary in weight from 17lbs to 27lbs.  It all depends on the type of frame, material, and seats you want.

      Compared to other bikes, a road bike is very light.

      It’s considered one of the LIGHTEST bike types out there. Like the name, road bikes are meant for the road and for traveling at some high speeds.

      Most road bikes come with small tires and frames to shed off weight and go even faster.

      It’s also possible to get a road bike for a racing competition; however, we recommend that you don’t buy too light of a bike.

      According to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), which is the leading overseeing organization for biking competition, the lightest your bike can go is 15lbs.

      Anything lighter than 15lbs is considered unsafe. If you still want to go faster, we recommend dialing in on your diet to shed off a couple of pounds.

      Weight Of A Mountain Bike

      Mountain bikes NEED to be strong, sturdy, and have good suspensions. You may find some larger tires and extra gears on these bikes as well.

      The main aim of this type of bike is to get you across steep trails.

      This does bump up the average weight of the mountain bike from 21lbs to 29lbs. 

      But…

      Don’t be surprised if you find heavier bikes as well.

      Make sure to remember that the lighter mountain bikes usually come with suspensions that are only mounted in the front. On the other hand, bikes around 30lbs come with full suspension. 

      Weight Of A Electric Bike

      The demand for electric bikes has been growing rapidly over the past years.

      Due to these bikes containing a large battery, an electric bike can weigh as much as 40lbs and as high as 85lbs.

      Most of your lighter electric bikes are foldable. This will bring the weight down to 40lbs. If you want to climb a mountain, hills, or go on long rides, you’ll need to get an 80lbs electric bike. The heavier bikes use stronger batteries and more strength in the frame.

      While 80lbs sounds like a LOT, turn on the electric battery, and the miles will be covered without any effort. 

      Weight Of An Beach Cruiser

      There’s nothing more fun than exploring the beach with your cruiser. So put a Piña colada in your cup holder and enjoy your ride next to the crashing waves of the ocean!

      Beach cruisers are made for COMFORT and not speed. These bikes have large handlebars to control going on the sand, wider tires, and big cushiony seats. The frames are also known to be very strong.

      This will net you a weight of between 35lbs to 40lbs for a beach cruiser.

      As a rule of thumb, the cheaper the bike, the heavier it is. This is why you may be able to find your dream beach cruiser for a relatively small amount of money. 

      Weight Of A BMX Bike

      Be honest to yourself…

      We’ve ALL wanted a BMX bike at some point in our life. I remember staying up late as a kid and watching BMX on ESPN when they showed the X-Games.

      There’s nothing cooler than riding across town while doing crazy stunts on a small BMX bike.

      The average weight of a BMX bike is around 25lbs to 28lbs. This lightweight setup allows for doing fun tricks and jumps.

      While these types of bikes are pretty low weight, they still don’t come close to road bikes.

      This is because the BMX bikes contain unique grinding pegs that allow riders to grind on the rails or curbs. All BMX bikes have pegs on them, but the more pegs you have, the heavier it becomes.

      Weight Of A Fat Tire Bike

      Ever wanted to bike on snow, sand, mud, or other unstable terrains?

      A Fat Tire Bikes is the way to go.

      Like its name, these bikes contain fat tires that allow the bikers to go over any form of terrain without much trouble. You will also find that these bikes have sturdier frames, extra weight in the rims, and are generally more robust.

      All these features contribute to a weight of between 25lbs to 45lbs.

      Some people also get these fat tire bikes because they look very nice and can be used for commuting and mountains. 

      Weight Of A Folding Bike

      Folding bikes have ALWAYS been in demand. The bikes are perfect for commuting and taking up less space.

      You can carry your folding bikes into trains, metros, busses, and up a flight of stairs. These bikes can weigh from 20lbs to 25lbs, depending on the brand and model.

      With folding bikes, it is VITAL that you know the bike’s weight and whether it is something feasible for use. 

      Weight Of A Kid Bike

      An average kid can weigh between 50lbs to 60lbs. But guess what the weight of their bike is?

      A kid’s bike can be between 18lbs to 26lbs!

      This is almost half the kid’s weight. But there are a few reasons why these bikes are relatively so heavy:

      1. A kid’s bike is built sturdier and heavier to keep them grounded as they learn how to bike.
      2. Kid’s crash a LOT. I can guarantee that the cycle will not last long. You don’t want to buy them a top of the line bike. Kid’s bikes are made with more robust materials that can take beatings and keep going.

      Weight Of A Single Speed Bike

      A single-speed bike has an average weight of 20lbs but can vary from 12lbs to 30lbs, depending on which brand you get.

      These bikes usually are pretty simple to use. They don’t have many gears and lack components on a regular cycle (chainrings, pins, ramps, etc.).

      The benefit of single speed bikes is that you can fully send the bike speeding across a straight due to the composition of the cycle. And very little maintenance is usually required on the bikes.

      Weight Of A Recumbent Bike

      Recumbent bikes are pretty unique as they are not shaped like regular bikes. As a result, the rider usually has to lay on his back, and the pedals are at the front.

      The average weight of recumbent bikes is around 30lbs.

      Despite the odd shape, recumbent bikes are very comfortable and have a decent top speed in them. In fact, due to the shape, these recumbents experience 30% less drag than normal bikes.

      For those who like to try unique things, the recumbent bikes are a PERFECT choice.

      Why Does Bike Weight Matter

      Depending on what type of biking you’re doing can will change the bike you need. A road bike can be dangerous if decide to take it mountain biking.

      You don’t want to use a BMX bike if you’re competing in a road bike race.

      A bike’s weight affects its acceleration.

      Just a 1 pound difference will do nothing on the speed. But what if you increase the weight by 20 lbs?

      The bike will feel less powerful off the block and the top speed will be lower

      When Do You Want A Heavy Or Light Bike

      If you are into racing, get a bike as light as possible. This advice also works for those commuting to work.

      However, don’t be like Jeff from the introduction and get a road bike for the jagged mountains. There is a reason why some bikes are heavier than others.

      Another thing to remember is that a heavier bike comes with some added perks regardless of the loss of speed:

      • Higher level of comfort.
      • More stability.
      • Lower price.
      • A stronger response from the pedals.

      What Makes Up A Bikes Weight

      MANY reasons are affecting the weight of a bike. The biggest reason is the material of the frame of the bike.

      Each material has its pros, cons and affects the overall weight of the bike differently:

      –          Steel Frames: The most significant advantage of steel is that it is highly durable. They are also cheaper to produce, easy to maintain, and can be quickly repaired.

      As most people who have worked with steel know, the metal can be VERY heavy. Manufacturers usually combine steel with molybdenum and chromium to make it lighter. But the heaviest bikes on our list are all made out of steel.

      –          Aluminium: Bike frames made out of aluminum have been trendy for the past 30 years. The apparent benefit of aluminum is that it is very light and takes way longer to rust.

      To maintain strength, the metal does require to be longer. While the weight may not be affected, cyclists often complain about feeling a “stiff and harsh” response from the bike

      –          Titanium: This metal is to be of equal strength as steel but MUCH lighter. You would think it is the ideal metal, but there are some problems with it…

      First of all, titanium is very pricey. Furthermore, the metal often gives the same “stiff” feedback as aluminum.

      –          Carbon Fiber Frames: The introduction of carbon fiber frames is relatively new. This metal has incredible strength and provides exceptionally smooth bike riding.

      Some incredible growth is expected in the carbon fiber industry. However, the biggest downside of buying a bike with carbon fiber is that they are costly.

      Apart from the metal on the bike frames, there are a few other reasons a bike may weigh so much:

      • Seats – A narrow seat is uncomfortable but usually weighs lighter.
      • Tire Size – The larger the tires, the more heavy the bike. It is also essential to view the rims of your wheels. A small but thick tire can be of equal weight as a large but thin tire.
      • Rack ­– Adding any form of a rack on your bike can increase the weight by 1.5lbs.
      • Accessories – Extra accessories on your bike will give it more weight. Examples of these accessories include bike tubes, pumps, bells, snacks, water bottles, and bags. But, again, try to stick to the minimalism side and carry as few materials as possible.
      • Components on the bike – If you find any gears or other tools on the bike, it is guaranteed that they increase its weight. 

      The Bottom Line

      The weight of the bike varies significantly based on the type of bike your ride.

      You have to figure out the reasons you are riding your bike and then choose the right bike. 

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      Bryan Ray is the Co-Founder of The Biking Apex. He's a cyclist and a trainer who loves fitness and loves to teach people how to ride and maintain their bikes and bike accessories.

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