Heavy Duty Bike

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Heavy Duty Bike

Postby Rykuran » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:44 am


I am looking to buy a bike to get around and get fit on, as a side to going to the gym. I would need something that can handle 185kg (My current weight) even at my ideal weight most places don't sell anything off the shelf that can take it.

I tend to get a lot of awkward people trying to sort of rush me along and get me out of the store because they're uncomfortable addressing someones weight, even though I'm upfront and basically tell them, "Look, I need something with a steel frame. No suspension, or at least suspension that won't be bottomed out all the time, double walled wheels with at least 40 spoke count and 3 inch thick tyres. The basic responses are generally we don't stock or make anything like that, You'd need to find a custom job, they maybe throw out a random name of a place and that's that.

I am based in Melbourne and am hoping maybe someone will know of a place that does stock or can at least make/order something like this, or even if you know personally a specific bike model that I could go find and just get on n go.

Thanks for any advice or assistance that can be provided.

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Re: Heavy Duty Bike

Postby rooftop » Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:57 pm

Maybe try Commuter Cycles in Brunswick. They sell touring/commuting bikes which are generally pretty robust. Website is https://commutercycles.com.au/.

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Re: Heavy Duty Bike

Postby RonK » Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:23 pm

My suggestion would be to buy a robust touring bike such as Vivente World Randonneur or a Surly Long Haul Trucker.

These won't have 3 inch tyres, but the standard tyres spec should be adequate for you.

If you are determined to have big tyres, you would have to find a rigid 29 Plus for that, a Surly ECR perhaps, or a fat bike like a Surly Wednesday or Ice Cream Truck. There are of course other brands that make bikes of these types.

Get on it and go - be prepared to have a new set of wheels built by a specialist wheel builder if you break them. The rest of the bike should plenty durable enough.
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Re: Heavy Duty Bike

Postby G@v » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:48 pm

How about the Reid Boss Fat Bike? $500 https://www.reidcycles.com.au/reid-boss-26-fat-bike.html

36 spoke, 26 inch wheels with 4 inch tyres. Rigid steel fork. That should get the job done. 8)

There's a forum for heavy riders over at Bike Forums, worth researching to see what other people are using.


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Re: Heavy Duty Bike

Postby Rodgerbiltit » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:16 pm

Not in Melbourne and no rear derailleur but worth a look?
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Re: Heavy Duty Bike

Postby Thoglette » Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:15 pm

Rykuran wrote:I am looking to buy a bike to get around and get fit on,...with at least 40 spoke count and 3 inch thick tyres.

As others mentioned, look at proper touring bikes. They're designed to carry large amounts of weight over long distances.

In essence you're looking for wheels suitable for a tandem or heavy touring bike and there's plenty of those available. If you stick with 26" or 650B (a.k.a. 27 1/2) there's a bunch of 2"+ tyres available and at that diameter 36 spokes will remain overkill. 700C aka 29" stops around 1 1/2".

Given that every man and his dog used get around on 27" x 1 1/4" wheels, 3" is likely a little OTT.

There's a bloke called Ernest Gagnonwho was using mostly conventional bikes and he started at 570# (over 250kg). He's still bigger than you are now. And yes, he does break things but not much more than TwoLongLegs does :D .
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Re: Heavy Duty Bike

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:41 pm

+1 for things like Surly or even Kona touring bike frames and possibly some of the more serious rigid MTB frames (Norco, Specialized, Trek, Marin etc). Can't speak for Vivente touring frames, haven't owned or worked on one, but have rebuilt two of their road bikes and they were quite good (alloy). The frame isn't so much an issue, as are the wheels, and I think that you will need to invest in some custom-built high spoke count wheels, no matter which frame you buy.

You could also buy an older rigid MTB in your size, and upgrade it with the custom wheels, heavy duty Schwalbe tyres, new brakes and refurb drivetrain...just thinking aloud.
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Re: Heavy Duty Bike

Postby Kronos » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:28 pm

A touring bike would definitely be the first point of call, and one that can handle a few bags, etc... If you go in asking about that sort of thing you'll at least get a few answers. If you want a steel frame bike maybe start with looking on Gumtree or etc for an older steel bike and then buying a set of wheels with enough weight load to handle your weight.

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