Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-19-10, 02:24 AM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Road bike: How heavy is too heavy?

Question for you weight aware folks on the forum.

I would like to know, even though it will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer; what kind of weight limits would apply to a road bike? The bike in question is an 2005 Argon18 Radon (Alu frame, carbon seat- and chainstays + carbon fork) and current weight is 297lb (135.Xkg).

I will be replacing my wheels but I guess it's no use if I can't ride the frame. It's hard to gauge as I've seen bigger guys than me on full carbon frames on wheels with 20-24h. For the moment I am slogging it out on my Trek hardtail MTB, but I truly miss the road bike.

I've contacted Argon18 via the website and the major distributor here in Australia (FRF Sports) but still awaiting a response.

edit: wheels will be some sort of custom build. Looking at:

Ultegra 6600 hubs, DT RR465 Rims, brass nipples, DT Champion spokes, minimum 32h.

Last edited by andrew357; 07-19-10 at 02:27 AM.
andrew357 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-10, 05:20 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Maryland
Bikes: Hollands Touring Bike, Schwinn mountain bike, folding bike, tandem and triple
Posts: 559
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
When I was 345 lbs. I got tired of broken spokes. I had some tandem type wheels built for my road bike: 48 spoke Phil Wood hubs, 135 mm rear axle, Mavic rims. I never broke a spoke or had any trouble with them. My weight is now down to 260, but I still like those wheels. I can also use my older 40 spoke Sun Tour hub wheels, but they have freewheels and no one seems to make 8 spd. freewheels these days so my new wheels all have freehubs. These days I am using the White Industries MI5 hubs. They are available in 40 hole and seem to be pretty good, for $100 less than the Phil Wood.
ClemY is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:59 AM.

  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.