I was out on a ride with some girlfriends the other day and during lunch the subject of upgrading came up. Weight was one of the deciding factors and it got me thinking about how difficult it can be to handle a large heavy bike on the ground or at slow speed. It seems it’s just a technique thing (rather than an upper body male strength thing) but I know that it’s an issue with me and my current bike. I much prefer to sit on the bike and manoeuvre it around rather than stand next to it and push/pull it. My plan is to move onto something no bigger than an 800 as anything bigger is a complete waste of bike on me. Having said that, there’s a big weight difference in many of the bikes between the 600 and 800 ranges. I’d love to hear how others have managed with larger bikes and the experiences they’ve had. Is it reasonable to only choose a bike based on its weight, or should you get what you like and then get on it, ride it and get used to it. This post is not gender specific, but I’m thinking there’s probably plenty of women out there that have gone through the upgrade process and can relate. Having said that I’m really interested in people’s thoughts in general. Cheers.