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by random37
16 Jun 2019, 11:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About bike shops for big people?
Replies: 25
Views: 609

Re: About bike shops for big people?

Threads like this crop up fairly frequently, but it does not follow that there would be sufficient demand within a given locality for a LBS to cater to this market. Interesting post, slowster. I think I agree with you, sadly. I suppose the service I'm thinking of would be closer to a personal train...
by random37
16 Jun 2019, 11:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About bike shops for big people?
Replies: 25
Views: 609

Re: About bike shops for big people?

But these people have to help themselves (NB. And not to 3rd, 4th, 5th helpings). There's a distinct lack of empathy in your attitude. Science tells us that obesity is an illness, not far removed from addiction. Yet we still insist on shaming people, passing compulsive eating off as some sort of mo...
by random37
16 Jun 2019, 10:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 46
Views: 1423

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

Two queries about the mailstar/elephant. Isn't the stepthrough frame inherently weaker than a diamond and is that an important factor with a very heavy rider? Some older working bikes had twin top tubes, why was that? Would the bike require some other adaptations for the load, or are there any that...
by random37
16 Jun 2019, 10:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About bike shops for big people?
Replies: 25
Views: 609

Re: About bike shops for big people?

That's something that may change in time with the upward trend in the numbers of over weight people. I sincerely hope this trend stops and we see less very large people about. It would be good for everyone but mostly those who carry lots of surplus weight. We've had two posts on this forum in the s...
by random37
15 Jun 2019, 6:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About bike shops for big people?
Replies: 25
Views: 609

About bike shops for big people?

Hi I've noticed in the past week two posts from people who are overweight but want to get out cycling. I don't feel much of the advice has been helpful, but that is by the by. It's made me think seriously that there may be a gap in the market for people who want to buy a bike but aren't being served...
by random37
15 Jun 2019, 12:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 46
Views: 1423

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

reohn2 wrote:OK,I'll withdraw from the thread from now and I'll to remove all my posts from this thread forthwith.

I hope I didn't offend. It wasn't my intention to do that, or come across as argumentative.
It's just that I have been in OP's position, and I know what works (and what doesn't).
by random37
15 Jun 2019, 12:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 46
Views: 1423

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

I don't think it unreasonable to advise the OP to lose weight and give up the fags,yes he's asked about cycling but at 175kg and a heavy smoker,with the health issues associated I repeat - the OP didn't want advice about his health and lifestyle. He wanted advice on what sort of bike to buy. To quo...
by random37
15 Jun 2019, 11:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 46
Views: 1423

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

Random37 I don't believe mine or Ivor Tingting's advice to be negative,cautious perhaps but don't forget the OP is 175kg and a heavy smoker. He would need a bike that would support his weight and there aren't many about,certainly no touring bike I'm aware of,so the Elephant bike may work for him bu...
by random37
14 Jun 2019, 11:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 46
Views: 1423

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

I can tell you from personal experience that very few cycle shop employees understand how to choose bikes for heavy people, which is why the OP was asking us about bikes with 32mm tyres. I am so tempted to open a bike shop for big folk. It's an untapped market, and I feel I could really help people....
by random37
14 Jun 2019, 11:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 46
Views: 1423

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

they might also turn round and say 'used outwith the conditions of sale, no warranty'. Best to get their policy established before going ahead. Decathlon lists its maximum weight for all non-racing bikes at 120kg. I believe Halfords are the same, although it's a while since I've checked. And I coul...
by random37
13 Jun 2019, 2:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 46
Views: 1423

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

get a Fatbike: With the bike in the picture, the bars are too low, and the saddle too narrow. I've never owned a fatbike (they came out when I wasn't really cycling) and I'm sure there are advantages, but they are not going to be as good as a bike like the Elephant on a cycle trail. Realistically, ...
by random37
13 Jun 2019, 12:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 46
Views: 1423

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

Honestly? If you aren't going to invest in the tools or learn about the DIY route before you start, I would go for the Elephant Bike any day. Unless you can find it all used, the conversion from an MTB (saddle, stem, wheels) will cost as much as the Elephant bike does delivered, and you won't need t...
by random37
13 Jun 2019, 11:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 46
Views: 1423

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

However you can get expedition tourers off the shelf at a much lower price, probably Thorn being your best bet, but I don't know whether they could do something suitable for the budget you have. Thorn's mega brochure quotes the maximum rider weight at 100kg for all bikes apart from the Sherpa, whic...
by random37
13 Jun 2019, 11:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 46
Views: 1423

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

I used to be 150kg, I am now down to about 125kg. A few years ago, I used to race road bikes, and was 85kg. So while I'm not as big as you now, I feel like I'm qualified to chip in. I don't want to sound mean, but I would say that at this point all the bikes you're looking at will be so uncomfortabl...
by random37
11 Jun 2019, 9:45am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Regents Canal not suitable for cycling??
Replies: 12
Views: 603

Re: Regents Canal not suitable for cycling??

I am a lifelong cyclist. I also lived on a narrowboat for 12 years. It would work, unfortunately there is an adversarial relationship between some members of the groups of boaters, walkers, cyclists and anglers which spoil it for everyone. I've had lycra clad MTBers shout at me while I was walking m...