Bikes for Overweight Riders – Shopping Tips and Tricks
If you want to get into biking, and weigh over about 200 pounds, it can be a daunting prospect – most commercially-available bikes have a stated weight limit of around 220 pounds. However, there are a few ways you can find bikes for overweight riders, even if you weigh 250, 300, 400 pounds or more.
Look for a plus size mountain bike. Mountain bikes like this one tend to be sturdier than racing bikes or road bikes, and are able to support more weight in general than other kinds of bikes.
Try 29″ wheels. A mountain bike with 29″ wheels, like this one – standard wheels are 26″ – can be much better bikes for overweight people.
Put “slick” or “pavement” tires on your bike. If you already have a bike in mind, you may be able to gain more comfort by replacing the tires with “slick” tires like these. These tires are designed like motorcycle tires and can provide a smoother ride. They’re not meant for heavy trail riding, but are a good solution for riders who mostly ride on roads, but would like to be able to ride on trails sometimes as well. Most bikes for overweight riders can be fitted with new tires to make them easier to ride.
Try a brand that’s meant for larger riders. Two brands that make quality bikes for overweight riders are Worksman Cycles and Zize. Zize is the only bike brand that makes bikes for people up to 550 pounds.
Shop at a local bike store. It can be intimidating to ask about bikes for fat people, but many local bike shops will have a good idea of what will and won’t work for you, much better than a big-box store like Target or Wal-Mart. Plus, they can special-order bikes for heavy people more easily than at other stores.
Bikes For Overweight Riders
Although they’re not specifically bicycles for heavy people, these bikes may work for people who fall outside of the generally-stated weight limits on most commercially-available bikes:
This Merax Finiss mountain bike is designed to hold up to 330 pounds, so it’s sort of a plus size mountain bike, though the package does state that to “guarantee long-term use,” a limit of only 220 pounds is stated on the package. Several buyers of weights above 250 pounds reported that the bike worked well for them.
This Kent Thruster mountain bike has 29-inch wheels and at least one purchaser who weighs 275 pounds reported no problems with the bike. Frames that use 29-inch wheels are typically better bikes for overweight riders.
This Diamondback Overdrive mountain bike has 29-inch wheels to allow for people with heavier bodies to ride comfortably. The frame has a warranty for up to 300 pounds, though the tires are warranted for up to 225, so you may want to change the tires out.
This Schwinn Meridian adult tricycle may be a good solution for folks looking for a bike to do errands – since it has three wheels to support your weight, it is slightly sturdier than two-wheeled bikes. At least one purchaser reported that they weighed 270 pounds and it held them fine.
Extra Wide Bike Seat Options
An extra large bike seat can really improve your ride if you are looking for bikes for overweight riders. These seats are wider than average to accommodate a larger frame (or booty!) so you can ride in comfort:
This WOWOWO cruiser saddle is a great extra wide bike seat option. It’s about 8 inches wide and features high density gel foam inside. It also has a groove in the middle to keep you cool on long rides.
This Sunlite suspension cruiser seat has a dual-density foam padding to be both supportive and soft. It’s about 10.5 inches wide, making it on the wide side even compared to other extra wide bike seat choices.