An overweight-friendly bike is made to accommodate the needs to the plus-size biker. With New Year’s right around the corner, many of us are making resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight, and adopt a fitness regime. It is important to have a bike that supports your frame. Bikes for plus-size riders include larger seats, better tires, and frames that are built to support extra weight.
Most bikes on the market are manufactured with weight limits in mind. This information, however, can be difficult to find. Often times you must contact the manufacturer for the exact details. A couple of major manufacturers have stated that they test their bikes for 300 pounds, but there is a big difference between performance in a testing scenario and the ongoing demands of day-to-day use from a heavier rider.
What are the requirements of overweight-friendly bikes?
Specialized brakes – Excess weight means extra braking time and distance. Brakes, therefore, should be specialized to meet the greater weight. Some plus-size bikes used coaster brakes, an antiquated but effective braking device. Other manufacturers tweak the design of hydraulic disk brakes.
Larger, more comfortable seats – If you are uncomfortable, you won’t ride, and larger frames usually mean larger rears. With this in mind, major bike manufacturers have bikes to include larger seats that are more supportive.
Wheels and frames – The wheels and frames of bikes for overweight riders are designed to be extra-sturdy. Remember- it’s not just about rider weight, but also about the impact of that weight on bumpy terrain.
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How can I find a good bike for my size?
You can find bicycles that will handle most any weight. In fact, a company called Super Sized Cycles makes overweight-friendly bikes that will support up to 550 pounds. The first step is to contact your local bike shop. Don’t be apprehensive- simply explain that you are looking for a bike that will support an overweight biker. They will be happy to help you, without the judgment.
What else do overweight bikers need to keep in mind?
Keep in mind that it can also be difficult to find plus-size bicycle gear. Your local bike shop, Sports Authority, or Dick’s may not have riding clothes in your size. Fortunately, there are plenty of options online! Be careful about ordering too much, however, as you will likely loss weight through riding your bike.
One final note- the liquid and nutritional needs of overweight and obese bikers exceed those of traditional bikers. Drink plenty of water and keep a water bottle on hand with you while you bike. Never bike on an empty stomach – always ensure that you have some carbs in your system to fuel your ride. You will burn the extra calories off quickly!
We are bike accident attorneys and bikers ourselves, and we know well how biking can help you lose weight effectively, and without feeling deprived. Get a bike, take up this great sport, and watch the pounds fall off!