Iím 59 years old, 5-8 and 280 lbs. An old short fat guy.
About 2 years ago I managed to drop about 35 pounds by eating better and riding my bike more often. Then a few things conspired to keep me from riding and the pounds slowly came back. Now Iím interested in doing more riding again and we have moved to a place that has some great bike paths to explore. I will be mostly doing day rides of 10 miles or so a few times a week. Mostly on paved paths or dirt roads. The dream is to work up to doing a fully supported beginnerís tour next year. Something with 30 miles or less a day with no big climbs and they carry all the luggage.
I have been thinking of getting rid of my old steel road bike and getting a folder. Mostly for the ease of mounting the bike since it is slowly getting harder to kick my leg over the top tube.
We have a local shop that deals almost exclusively in folders. I went in to talk to them about a Bike Friday NWT Diamond, since they are rated for 330 pounds. They are a Bike Friday dealer, but they thought a 6 speed Brompton would work for me. They unfolded one and invited me to take a ride and I was impressed. It seemed to handle and shift well, and it didn't have any problem with my weight that I could tell. They did tell me that the official weight limit was 250, but as long as I was not doing jumps with it, they thought I should be fine. Iím not sure I need a bike that folds that well, but it would save me some space in the garage and it would make it easy to take the bike with me on road trips. It seems as though the Brompton would be fine for the type of riding I am doing and that I want to do next year.
Iíd be interested in hearing everyoneís thought or any other options I should look at.