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Old 12-10-06, 06:44 AM   #1
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Airnimal and rider weight.

Hello everyone,

I am considering getting myself an Airnimal Joey for a 24km commute to work. The website suggests maximum rider weight at 225lbs but I come in a little more than that at about 260lbs ... so my question is. Any large riders out there using these bikes who can relate their experiences?

Perhaps someone can recommend a folder that can hold a larger rider?

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You'll lose weight if you ride it to work so maybe it's not an issue. They are pretty solid well engineered bikes; They probably under quote the max to give themselves some lee-way (Though don't quote me on that).

Perhaps you should get hold of something cheap and cheerful to get into the swing of things and get the Airnimal as a reward when you've done a fair bit of riding and maybe shed a wee bit?
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Ya, I have a decently configured hybrid I use at the moment. But, given this new job I will have to commute quite a distance (for me) and leave it locked outside, which I do not really want to do. Hence, the thoughts on grabbing a folder and throwing it under the desk. Perhaps you are right and I should wait until I hit 225. I am sure they are quality bikes. Just them being folders and me above their limit I dont want to have the hinges on the thing falling to bits at 20mph.
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An Airnimal doesn't really have hinges per-se. The main frame tube is solid and not hinged - the other parts - rear triangle, seatpost are bolted to it on sturdy tig-welded brackets so maybe this is worth considering. A cheap Dahon's hinge might well be a concern but with a Joey a lot less so I'd say.
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Hello everyone,

I am considering getting myself an Airnimal Joey for a 24km commute to work. The website suggests maximum rider weight at 225lbs but I come in a little more than that at about 260lbs ... so my question is. Any large riders out there using these bikes who can relate their experiences?

Perhaps someone can recommend a folder that can hold a larger rider?

Thanks,
The standard Bike Friday New World Tourist has a maximum weight of 265 lbs. And they advertise that their bikes can be built for much heavier weights that that. Their non-customized bikes have relatively high capacities as well.
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