Heya guys I am a fairly big person and have been wanting to get a bike for months and have saved up £250 for one and was wondering if there was any weight limits to what a bike can sustain I would say at a guess I am between 20-25 Stone <edit> 280 - 350 pounds </edit> I was looking at this bike in my catalog but not sure whether to buy it cause I dont know how much it can take.
Rans Enduro Sport, Hase Kettweisel Tandem, Merin Bear Valley beater bike
If my understanding of stone is correct, you are a big one! I'm going to guess that most bike parts will be adequate. The reason I think that is because, with a few exceptions, tandem bicycle parts are similar to similar to those on single bikes.
I think that I'd avoid suspension. There are fully suspended tandem bicycles so I know there are parts available that will be adequate for your use, but I don't know enough about them to advise you what to look for and what to avoid.
Wheels are a common weak point for even average size riders. For you I'd recommend 26 inch wheels with double wall rims and at least 36 spokes. If you can find something with LX or better hubs and Rhynolite rims, that would be perfect.
Frame: reinforced oversized alloy slalom frame. Inside leg: 26-34ins. Wheels: 26ins with alloy trims. Transmission: Shimano 21-speed with Revo shift. Features: front disc or front and rear disc. Long travel upside-down suspension fork. Ahead stem and riser bar. Alloy triple chainset. Alloy hobs with front through axle. Age: 12 years onwards.
"bad attitude" trials bike (Silvergox)
Features: Super strong trials frame. 21 speed Shimano speed. Trials handlebars with welded cross brace, alloy micro adjust seat post, alloy cranks and alloy brake levers. Frame: 14ins Bigfoot gussetted trials frame. Transmission: Shimano mega-range 21 speed gears with Revoshift. Inside leg: 24in plus. Wheels: 26ins deep section alloy wheels. Brakes: Alloy V-type brakes. Forks: Bigfoot triple clamp suspension forks with 75mm travel. Age from 14 years. SILVER FOX
Also I live in UK so not sure quite whats available over here.
I think I am Maximum 350lbs.
I will be 80% of the time be using the bike at night when its quite I have wanted to lose weight for a while but I find it hard to go out because of my medical condition and cant afford any equipment for home use so any bike that would be suitable would be nice I could try and get a bike customized if the ones above are not really suitable I am gonna get myself weighed tommorow at my local doctors so can give more precise weight information.
Last edited by alphaomega16; 10-10-05 at 04:26 PM.
Kona make some bikes specially for big guys.
Any std entry level MTB frame(like a Specialized Hardrock) will be strong enough as long as you dont do stunt riding and jumps.
The weak part are the wheels. You will need 36 spoke wheels that have had the tension checked by a good mechanic. Buy from a proper bike shop not a discount store. Look for shops that can do their own wheel-building, these guys will know how to tune factory wheels to make them more reliable.