Ideal Weight

Although the use of the word ideal, may make it seem that there is one perfect weight for any cyclist, this is certainly not the case. To accurately answer this question, the goals and lifestyle of the cyclist have to be taken into account.

For people who only use a bicycle to get from one place to another, their needs will be quite different than someone that is a professional athlete or a cycle tourist. For any person that has attempted to ride up a steep hill or slope on a bicycle, they certainly understand that the work gets hard when you have excess weight.

Using Cycling to Get Healthy

For people that's main goal in cycling is to stay in shape, and not worry about their performance, then you only need to think about maintaining your weight in a healthy range. Body Mass Index, or BMI is often used when discussing this, but I don't like to use it, since it doesn't take into account the muscles that you have in your body. Too much fat is bad, and muscle is great, but BMI doesn't differentiate between the two.

Good advice, would be to use cycling as a means to lose weight, to the point where you no longer have a roll of fat around your middle. But don't over do it to the point that you can see your ribs, since this is taking road cycling too far. By doing it this way, you can get the most benefit from the time that you spend cycling.

Road Cycling to Get Into Shape

Your weight should be a key issue, if you are attempting to get the most out of your cycling performance. If you have too much weight, it can be really hard to get it up a hill. Although your downhill speed will be much faster, it doesn't equal the time that you lose attempting to get up the hill. It gets even harder, the steeper the hill is.

Your cycling is not helped by bulk that you have in your upper body either. Since Lance Armstrong trained as a triathlon participant, his upper swimmer's body muscles was a liability on a bike. His road cycling got better when his upper body size was lessened. Of course, if he decided to still participate in triathlons, his performance would have suffered greatly from having done that. This is the reason that your perfect cycling weight, is dependent on the kind of cycling that you do, as well as what you goals are.

For the Specialist Climber

By studying the "mountain goats" of the pro peloton, you will see that they are very thin. Many have eating disorders, since they are in a continual battle to maintain a slim figure, and many take it to the extreme, which is not healthy for anyone, not even cyclists. Although this is a personal choice, it is not a healthy one to make. If you are a climber, be cautious to not overdue your weight loss, since winning a bike race, isn't anything that is worth your life, and having Anorexia Nervosa is very dangerous to your health.