Bikes for Overweight Riders

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.

photo via Tobias Abel
photo via Tobias Abel
  • 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:

bikes for overweight riders
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.

bikes for overweight riders
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.

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.

bikes for overweight riders
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:

bikes for overweight riders
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.

bikes for overweight riders
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.

bikes for overweight riders
This Schwinn extra wide bike seat has gel padding and grips your butt for an easier ride.

bikes for overweight riders
This quilted cruiser saddle from Schwinn is a comfortable extra large bike seat option. It has a water-resistant vinyl cover and is 9.5 inches wide.

bikes for overweight riders
This comfortable padded extra wide bike seat features a center groove to help keep your undercarriage cool on long rides. It’s made of artificial leather and has foam AND springs to keep you comfy.

bikes for overweight riders
This comfort wide cruiser seat is 8 inches from side to side. The thickest part of the foam padding is about 3 1/4 inches thick.

 




 

Plus Size Padded Bike Shorts and Other Plus Size Bike Gear

These biking clothes are available in a wider size range than many others.

plus size biker shorts
These women’s plus size padded bike shorts fit up to a size 26 and include gel padding on the places where you sit on a bike seat.

This men’s cycling jersey comes in a number of different colors and fits chest sizes up to 54″ around.  

This high-visibility reflective vest comes in sizes that will fit up to a 57″ waist, and includes wristbands and a storage bag. 

plus size biker shorts
These stretchy women’s plus size biker shorts fit up to a 5X (51″ waist, 61″ hip). 

plus size biker shorts
These men’s plus size padded bike shorts come in five colors and will fit waist sizes up to 65″ inches. 

 




 

Bike Helmets for Big Heads

Different brands differ in the sizes of bike helmets for big heads they offer, but here are a few helmets that are available in bigger sizes.

bike helmets for big heads
This Giro Savant helmet comes in ten colors and fits heads up to 25.5″ around.

bike helmets for big heads
This Bontrager Quantum helmet comes in a bright neon yellow for extra safety during night rides. It fits heads up to 26″ around.  

bike helmets for big heads
This Garneau Quartz II helmet comes in sizes that can fit up to 25.3″ heads. It has 33 vents and weighs just over 8 ounces.

bike helmets for big heads
This Moon helmet fits heads up to 25″ around and designed to keep you cool, with perspiration-wicking materials along the inside rim.

bike helmets for big heads
This Garneau Majestic cycling helmet fits heads up to 25.25″ around, and can be tightened using just one hand. it also features a built-in visor.

bike helmets for big heads
This Bell XLP helmet fits heads up to 25.625″ inches, and features 15 large vents for great airflow.

This Bell Stoker helmet fits heads up to 26.5″ inches. The adjustable visor makes it perfect for trail use.

bike helmets for big heads
This Giro Bishop helmet fits heads up to 25.5″ around. It’s specifically designed for riders with larger heads.

After all this biking, you might be wanting a good night’s rest on a mattress that’s best for heavier people.