Electric bike for a big lad

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paolocee
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Electric bike for a big lad

Postby paolocee » 15 Aug 2019, 4:31pm

I'm 56, 6'4" and 150kgs (about 24st). Been unable to exercise for almost a decade after a serious accident. And the pounds have piled on. Finally got my new knee last month and want to get a bike. My kids and wife go on long, 30km rides, (we live in the middle of nowhere in Sweden) and I want to join them. But I know I'm far too unfit to keep up without cheating (and it's very hilly).

So I need an ebike, I guess. I'll be riding mostly on tarmac but also gravel paths and snow. Budget is £2k-£2-5k.

Your suggestions would be most welcome. It's a confusing buyers' market, especially for a monster like me!

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Re: Electric bike for a big lad

Postby stodd » 15 Aug 2019, 5:37pm

Worth asking on Pedalecs site: https://www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum/forums ... -i-buy.40/

Many more people on that than here, and some really knowledgeable. There are bikes out there from the likes of Cube and Raleigh. Really worth looking at the smaller suppliers too, such as Woosh. eg http://wooshbikes.co.uk/?bigbear-ls but I am afraid they may not be up to 150kgs. If you post on pedalecs Woosh will probably respond, or you can contact via the website.

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Re: Electric bike for a big lad

Postby paolocee » 15 Aug 2019, 7:41pm

Thanks very much.

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Re: Electric bike for a big lad

Postby al_yrpal » 15 Aug 2019, 9:21pm

On the manufacturers websites its common to see the maximum rider weight specified. On Ortler bikes its usually 120kg.

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Re: Electric bike for a big lad

Postby hemo » 15 Aug 2019, 11:50pm

Wisper bikes is owned by David Miall who himself is a chunky person, he designs the range so that they can be used by the heavier person. A brand new range of bikes are just about to be launched price not yet known, but they look nice.

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Re: Electric bike for a big lad

Postby paolocee » 16 Aug 2019, 9:02am

Thanks Hemo. Checked the Wisper website - their weight limit is 135kg. Shame, they're nice bikes.

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Re: Electric bike for a big lad

Postby al_yrpal » 16 Aug 2019, 11:36am

With your weight an electric cargo bike may be the answer because of the ability to carry heavy loads and extra people. Heres an example.. https://radpowerbikes.ca/products/radwa ... cargo-bike ..

Wont be cheap!

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Re: Electric bike for a big lad

Postby kwackers » 16 Aug 2019, 12:40pm

paolocee wrote:Thanks Hemo. Checked the Wisper website - their weight limit is 135kg. Shame, they're nice bikes.

Only 15kg over.

There'll be a decent amount of safety margin in there (you'd hope) so as long as you don't tell them it'll probably work for you.

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Re: Electric bike for a big lad

Postby paolocee » 16 Aug 2019, 5:50pm

Thanks for all the advice. After talking to a couple of specialist shops I think I'm going to go for this. Pricier than I anticipated but, apparently, it's built for up to 175kg riders (not the 150kg it says it is) and it rocks like a monkey. Thanks again for all your help. All I need now is a helmet to fit my gigantic 65cm head!

https://www.cube.eu/en/2019/e-bikes/mou ... lack-2019/