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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 05-25-09, 03:31 PM   #1
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Bike Weight Capacity

Hello. I am an old (57) rider who has been off the bike for a while and my weight has ballooned up to about 310 or so. This summer, I'm gonna try to address that with riding again. My bikes, however, concern me.

I have a Cannondale (aluminum) Road bike from the mid 80s (forget which one) and a Specialized Rock Hopper Sport (no shocks) from the late 80s. I also have a Giant Revive.

Since I am so large now, I wonder if I can ride those bikes safely. I can't seem to find any info on weight limits for most bicycles.

Any help you can give me would be most appreciated.

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Old 05-25-09, 03:40 PM   #2
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Frames are usually good for 500 pounds. Wheels are the weak point. The three bikes you listed should be good to ride if you have good wheelsets on them.
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i wouldnt be scared of any of them and im 320 down from 345+ when i bought my 08 specialized sequoia elite last fall. i also ride my 86 raleigh record from time to time. make sure your wheels stay true and i would think they should work fine.
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