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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 07-14-12, 12:37 AM   #1
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Bike Weight limits?

Hi everyone.

While on the search for my new bike my sister and my father got interested. I helped my sister pick one out and while I was helping her fit it, my dad stopped by her place. She said that her and I should go riding together and my dad heard and was very carefully hinting how interested he was in joining us.

Now the issue comes in that I want to buy him a bike. He is about 5'8 245 pounds and I feel that if he gets on a bike with my sister and I he might just enjoy it and it may get him active.

The jamis dealer is having a close out sale on some older models and I'm trying to find weight limits on any of their bikes but I'm struggling for the most part to find anything.

Specifically I'm looking at the allegro 1.0/2.0/2X, Citizen 2.0/3.0. All 2010. Price not an issue as they're all under 500 so whichever one would suit him best that's okay with me.

Now if all of those won't work I'm happy to here your recommendations as it would make me (and him) real happy if he got out on a bike with us every once and a while.

Thanks all.
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Old 07-14-12, 01:43 AM   #2
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245 on most bikes will be ok, when you get into the ultra-light wheelsets with low spoke count is when weight issues are a concern.
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245 on most bikes will be ok, when you get into the ultra-light wheelsets with low spoke count is when weight issues are a concern.
I was down to 260 when I got my new aluminum road bike. It has a 24 spoke wheel on front, and a 32 on the back, and I have not had a problem. (just hit 230 today) These are not the ultralight racing wheels that jeepseahawk was referring to, but should indicate that anything they put on a decent commuter bike will be fine. I've looked at Jamis bikes, and they are decent.

Broken spokes were the biggest issue I had when I was riding my Trek commuter at 300 lb. I got the rear wheel professionally rebuilt and never had a problem since. It was well worth the $100 bucks. If you break spokes a lot, get it done. If the spokes hold up, and they might if the rider is only 245, you'll be fine.
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I agree. 245 is no problem for virtually any bike out there today. I try to ride mine "light" because my wheels are cheap and this bike is new to me, so I'm not sure how well they'll put up with my 235 lbs. So far, so good! By light, I mean avoid big potholes and try to "unload" my weight as I go over bumps and through dips. Also, make sure the tires are aired up well before EVERY ride. At our weights, we do have to watch pinch-flats.
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Most manufacturers list a weight limit of 300 pounds for most bikes. The exceptions are super-light racing machines that are beyond many of our budgets anyway!
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Some folding bikes have weight limits. I think the Ritchey Breakaway and the Aernimal have, but an ordinary hybrid should be fine.
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So I post an answer, then today my wife pops a spoke. Having the wheel fixed today.
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So I post an answer, then today my wife pops a spoke. Having the wheel fixed today.
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