I've been cycling for a while now, averaging 600 miles a year. I'm 6'1" and 200 lbs and eager to share the joy of cycling.
My friend and I have been talking about tandem cycling for the future, and we need some help. He is 5'7" and currently weighs 320 lbs. His goal is to get down to 300 in the next two months with a another goal down the way of 250 lbs.He's been working hard at it, and I have every confidence he'll make it. We want to exercise together and share some cycling fun.
If we were to look into tandem cycling what weight should he work towards before we start into this? I know almost any weight can work, but realistically, what would be enjoyable for him? Are there bikes that can hold up to our combined weight, do we just need upgraded tires and a larger seat for him, or do we need to have something custom built (which is an option for us)?
What about the first trial of a tandem at the local bike store? I'd imagine any bike they'd let us rent in downtown Portland, Oregon is going to be a casual cruiser and wouldn't work for us at all. No?
I see plenty of great pictures of couples having a great time on tandems, but what about two gentlemen? Tandems are special and you get heads to turn all the time I'm sure, but is having my best friend staring at my ass for hours on end frowned on in the cycling circles?
What can we expect for his performance when he is so far overweight? If he can walk 5 miles then he can ride 5 miles? Ride 2 miles? Ride more? Should he be able to jog a bit before ever thinking about getting on a bicycle? Are there are resources for overweight cycling?
Tom / Doc4