Amber,amberwolf wrote:It would eliminate racers like me: CB2 weighs just about what I do. Even the new bike won't weigh that much less, if any, just because it's also meant to be a cargo bike and has a lot of frame for stiffness (whcih is also required to hold the heavy batteries I have, and keep the motor chain from twisting the frame and derailing like it used to on CB2).
EDIT: wait, I think you mean the opposite of what I thought you did: Do you mean that the bike has to weigh at least half of what the rider does? OR that it can't weigh any more than half?
Wait, I meant what you originally thought I meant. (g) First let me say that what you are doing for practical and recycling reasons makes you an ES poster who I read with alacrity and fascination. You are the resident ES Cuban, keeping his personal transport together with baling wire, spit and welding skills. Bravo! But a racing bike it ain't, and I probably shouldn't say this, but you're dangerous to yourself and others when it comes to the main event when all the marbles are on the line, and those who came to race and possibly win are pushing the envelope to the max. A cargo bike doesn't belong there being lapped 2, 3 or more times and getting in the way of those who are jockeying for the win. You're probably an asset having fun in the preliminary heats and providing a bigger than normal obsticle for riders with serious racing machines to learn by adapting to. But when everything is on the line and a bump here and a nudge there may be the difference, you'd be forcing others to take too much risk. That's just the opinion of someone who doesn't and never will have any skin in the game and I'm perfectly happy for you or anyone else to tell me I'm full of it.
The main reason I brought this up at all was seeing that Paul's bike was less than half his weight and thinking that this metric might be a way to even things up for the bulkier riders a bit when perhaps the sport gains some traction and must carry more rules.