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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 10-23-09, 07:04 PM   #1
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what is the ideal weight for a cyclist?I weigh 180 is that good?
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Old 10-23-09, 07:08 PM   #2
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Most Pros weigh less. George Hincape might weigh about that. Some but not many guys these days weigh over 160. Wouldn't guess on AVG. Lots are 135 -155
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Well that would depend on size, height bone structure, among other things. If you are 5' probably a bit heavy. 6'4" pretty good I'd guess based on my 6'4" frame. When I raced measuring my body fat content said I could be 180. I was 187 at the time. Body fat ios probably a better measure.

If you don't race then eat sensibly ride as much as you want and the weight will set itself.

I'll bet George is less than that. I know Frankie Andreu was close to my height and weighed less than 180.

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I don't think there is an answer to that - really depends on what the goal is.

If you want to ride the Tour, you're too heavy. Lance Armstrong and Brad Wiggins are giants at 165-168 pounds. Contador might weigh 140 pounds - the Schlecks are just slightly heavier. Weight counts going up hill - I'm 6'2" and have weighed between 168 and 174 pounds over the past year. It might be in my head, but I think I can feel the extra weight when I'm carrying it.

If you want to race crits or cross, you just have to be strong. Weight isn't much of a factor, IMO.

For just riding for fun, going fast, etc., etc., none of it matters. Plenty of 220-240 pound people here who ride real fast.
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Magnus Backstedt kicked some serious ass at 210 pounds.
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Magnus Backstedt kicked some serious ass at 210 pounds.
Yeah, I like how they always called him "Big" Magnus Backstedt. I'd love to be that "big"...
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I think AC weighed in at all of 135 when he won the Tour. Depends on your build. There is no "ideal." Sprinters are generally bigger than climbers.
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im 5' 11''
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I don't think there is an answer to that - really depends on what the goal is...
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Depends on what you wanna do:

If you want to race? How far up the ladder do you wanna move in racing, amateur? Non-licensed? Licensed? Category 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1? Professional? Local pro? Regional pro? International pro? European pro?

Which races, what kinds? Flat time trials? Long time trials? Hill climb time trials? Criteriums? Downtown or industrial park? Road Races? Point-to-point, loop, or circuit races? Stage races? Cyclocross? Mountain bike?

Or do you wanna just ride? By yourself or with a group? Local club rides? Long distance club rides? Fast group training rides? Organized events? Centuries? Half-centuries? Double centuries? Paris-Brest-Paris?

Do you ride track? What events? Pursuit? Miss-n-out? (Add here a half-dozen others I know nothing about.)

Then, what terrain do you wanna ride on? Flat Florida coastline? Rolling hills of the central US? Short, steep hills of West Virginia? Extended, 8-mile climbs in Colorado or California?

Even then, there is no ideal body weight. Miguel Indurain, for instance, was tall and about 175-lbs. when he was winning 5 Tours de France in a row. That's extremely heavy for that type of a race. But he did it in the flat Time Trials, usually (but not always!) just hanging on in the mountains. Lance Armstrong only weighed in at 160--165 lbs. and Greg Lemond--shorter than Armstrong--probably a little less than that. Andy Hampsten, also a short rider, was an excellent climber and won the famed Alpe d'Huez mountain stage at a paltry 135--140 lbs. Mark Cavendish at 150-lbs., is small for a sprinter, but currently wins most sprint races with ease. Tom Boonen, also a sprinter and classics rider, is 180-lbs.

With all these variations, I hope the answer you can see coming: there is no ideal body weight!

What it comes down to is: A good body weight is one that is healthy and lets you achieve your goals.
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I don't believe there is an ideal weight. I myself weigh as much as Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani and I enjoy my bike.

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I just like riding for fun..no racing or anything like that
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Saw a story about this a few months ago that claimed in the Tour de France, most riders weighed about two pounds per inch of height, and none was heavier than 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) per inch. So 180 would be in the park if you're 6 feet 9 inches tall.
Actually I think some of the bulkier riders are outside that range, but when you see those guys up close, most of them are pretty scrawny.
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Saw a story about this a few months ago that claimed in the Tour de France, most riders weighed about two pounds per inch of height, and none was heavier than 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) per inch. So 180 would be in the park if you're 6 feet 9 inches tall.
Actually I think some of the bulkier riders are outside that range, but when you see those guys up close, most of them are pretty scrawny.

I think the two pounds per inch is the norm for runner
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The BMI index is made by descendants of the inquisition. Anyone on this page spouting 180 pounds is their cousin. Cruel man that you are, stop bragging and get off Clydes!
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