Originally Posted by bikertank
Do you guys really think we need a lecture about taking off pounds. When I gave my weight did all of you assume fatness? I could have been a muscled 6'4" with no fat at all. As it stands I am a muscled slightly heavy 5'11" who has already lost 30 pounds due to my love of the bike. I don't need a fat lecture. The love of riding is already working and will continue to work. I just wanted to know if it is a noticeable difference that will increase my joy of riding which I don't mind spending $$ on. It is for me to decide if I am worthy of spending the money based on how much I feel like I am working and I would like to base the on knowledge.
The freakish Cipo is 6'2" and weighs 167 pounds. If you currently weigh 50 pounds more than one of the greatest sprinters ever, and the majority of that bulk is muscle, then you're already crushing it on the flats and climbs, so lighter wheels won't make much difference.
But we're not lecturing. From a dead stop, a lighter wheel can
help you get up to speed faster. Once you're rolling, wheel weight becomes less of an issue. That's why track racers choose aero over light weight. In the real world, your bike won't care whether you're lugging 215 pounds of fat or muscle up a hill, only you will. So we're back to the weight issue. Taking a half pound off your wheelset won't provide any appreciable performance improvement (relative to cost) compared to losing weight.