I was referred over here from a thread on Ask.Metafilter, and I apologize for not lurking first and getting a better sense of the community, but I'm hoping to make a purchase in the next few days. If I'm stepping on netiquette toes, ignoring stickies that would have answered these questions or otherwise being a dork, someone please slap me and point me where I'm supposed to be.
I weigh about 365lbs and I want to buy a bike, just to make short trips around my neighbourhood. I tried a few different bikes, and have been trying to choose.
I thought I had finally narrowed it down to the Trek Pure Lowstep. It has the flat foot / crank forward design that I liked while riding, it lacked the confusing gear shifting system of the Trek Pure Sport and was $140 cheaper than the Electra Townie, which has a similar geometry, comes in pink and lime (which are my colors) and is, as I may have mentioned, $140 more expensive than the Trek Pure Lowstep.
But then I found this, on the Trek website:
I exceed that by a fairly wide margin. Is a weight limit just a CYA maneuver on the part of Trek? Or can I really expect to have issues with the bike because I’m too heavy for it?Max rider weight of 275lbs: Road bikes, triathlon bikes, and cruisers. Max rider weight of 300lbs: All other bikes, including hybrids, urban, commuter, fitness, Ride+ electric assist, cyclocross, and all mountain bikes.
I don’t find any similar published weight limits on Electra bikes, but of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean I won’t have issues with the bikes.
I can ask these questions at the various bike shops I've visited looking for a bike, of course, but it's a little embarrassing to go trumpeting my weight to the men that work in them. And it's always men. Really fit men. They are very nice, and everything, but I'd still rather not.