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Old 07-31-21, 06:29 PM
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I am not sure if my 1982 Bianchi would qualify as light but I do know for sure that 32s will fit just barely.

I keep the Bianchi in Jamaica and when my original tires failed, The bike shop in Black River had a set of 23s but, try as I could, I could not get them to fit on the rims. The front one was a struggle to mount and, finally, I gave up on trying to do the rear.

I ordered a set of 28s (what I already had on the bike), however; a set of 32s arrived. I told the bike shop guy, a friend, that I would see if they fit. The set set me back $26.00 US. Well, they did fit (just barely clearing the chain stays) and I love them. In fact, these days I always opt for bigger tires thanks to what I learned from this experience...

Getting that 23 mounted was really really hard to do...

So, I went with the 32s and wow - bigger is better..!
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
This: It is impossible to save 5 pounds on a steel bike by changing to a lighter frame. Don't forget as well that the wider the tire the more it weighs unless you can find very lightweight wide tires. Steel bikes that weigh under 20 pounds have to use the lightest weight components possible
Yes. I simply didn't want to put a lot of money into the lightest wheels and components without starting with the lightest frame I could find.
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Lemond has popped up a few times. There is the Lemond Poprad which is a steel Cyclocross bike/frame.

Doesn't Ritchey make touring bikes?
Bruce Gordon?
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Not light but a Centurion Pro-tour will work.
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I have 42 mm on the rear and 38 mm on the front. Should be 38 on both. 650B

I spent 4x more on the wheels than on the rescue cost of the frame.
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Doesn't Ritchey make touring bikes?
Bruce Gordon?
OP was interested in "light."
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