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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Fat guy bike

I’d like to have a bicycle. They are a handy form of transportation and I used to enjoy peddling one. The problem is that even though I’ve lost significant weight, I’m still in the upper 300s. Most bikes are just not built for big people.

Many manufactures think they have a big person bike if it’s rated for 250 pounds. A few claim claim 400 pounds -static weight. What the heck is static weight? Does that mean the bike will hold a 400 pound person, unless they try to ride it?

Some of the bikes designed to carry cargo might have potential. After all, they are rated to carry a load.

My research has pointed me towards bikes with steel frames, steel rims, heavy duty tires, and disk brakes. These aren’t light weight bikes.

There are specialty bikes sold through big and tall stores, but I don’t want to pay two grand for a bicycle. I don’t pay two grand for my cars.

I am curious if any of my readers have any first hand knowledge. Am I missing something?

Just to make things interesting. Are they any rugged folding bikes. Sailboats often keep a couple folding bikes stowed away on board. Beats the heck out of walking 3 miles to get supplies. Often they pay for themselves in saved cab fairs alone.

The catch 22 is that if I had a bike I’d probably lose weight faster and be able to ride a normal bike eventually.




  1. Try Living XL;

    Worksman® Men's Heavy-Duty Bicycle
    Item # X1943

    • 400-lb. stationary weight capacity*
    • 16G steel tube frame is heavier than standard bikes
    • coaster brake
    • 13”-wide, thickly padded, dual-coiled comfort seat
    • precision sealed crank set for smoother pedaling and greater durability
    • clincher wheels and steel spokes are 50% thicker than conventional models
    • protected 1/2" x 3/16" chain and 3/16" front sprocket
    • Kevlar™-belted Sup-r-tires with puncture-resistant dura-tubes
    • ergonomic upright handlebars allow for full-vision pedaling
    • easy assembly instructions included
    Made in USA.

  2. Bigfoot made me laugh and I needed a laugh this morning. Congrats on the weight loss. Keep up the good work.

    1. Glad you got a laugh out of it. Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. Build one. See Atomic Zombie.

    1. I bookmarked them and will check them out.

  4. Six Bears, I just wanted to say congratulations on your weight loss. Continue to strive toward your goal weight. I know it's not easy, I've been there. In fact I still have some weight to lose. Do you have a YMCA in your area? Some YMCA's have a gyms with heavy equipment designed to help people trying to lose weight. Some even have a pool. The cost is reasonable. It's just a thought.

    1. Thanks Sandy.

      No YMCA out here. I really am out in the woods.

      I'm still taking off a little bit at a time. No hurry.

  5. Sixbears,

    That's okay, residing out in the woods/country can become your outdoor gym. Just taking a walk through the countryside for 10 minutes a couple of times a day will work. I've done it and it truly helped me lose 72 pounds (in 2 1/2 months) along with putting myself on a diabetic diet (even though I am not diabetic). Six Bears, just take it slowly and things will work out my friend.

    1. Wow, you did really well. I am active out here in the woods. Eating more Paleo. Losing a bit of weight and feeling really good.

  6. Hi Sixbears,

    Distribute the weight of more wheels. I got myself a three wheeler last year and it's the best purchase I made in a long time.

    Nick, Quebec, Canada

  7. Hey sixbears, I think I just remembered something, I think stationary weight basically refers to keeping both wheels on the ground. If you want to do wheelies or jumps you need a much stronger bike.

  8. So basicly if you jump a sidewalk, all bets are off. Thanks John. Makes sense.