Am I Too Heavy For A Bike ?


This question gets asked here and  elsewhere on the internet so much that I thought I’d have a permanent reference to it.

In *MOST* Cases the answer is going to be NO, you are NOT too heavy, allow me to ex plane my path.

 

At over 35 stone or 490 Pounds Or 223Kg’s I rode this.

Yukon 08 - First Bike, This Started It All

 

It was TOTALLY standard, I would however suggest slick tyres for riding on road and TOTAL avoidance of Potholes and jumping off kerbs at that weight, I broke one spoke on the back wheel in about 1000 miles, due to smashing into a pothole (it was that or a bus)

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At approx 28 stone, 390 Pounds or 177 KG, I moved onto 700’c wheels and a Hybrid.

Scott SUB

Again I was painfully anal not to hit pot holes etc, never suffered ANY issues at all and the bike was totally stock.

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At approx 24 stone, 330 pounds or 150Kg, I moved onto a road bike, WITH STANDARD WHEELS.

While he back wheel did suffer issues, this was after around 3000 miles of DAILY riding in ALL conditions.

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So there you have a ROUGH Guide as to weather or not you are too heavy for the bike you desire to help you lose weight on…..Good Luck !!!

 

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210 responses

1 02 2012
Saladin

You just made me feel good about my weight and the bike that I want to buy.
Thanks!

1 02 2012
39stonecyclist

Glad it helped :0)

10 03 2014
Nigel Burchell

ive just read your story and gave me such inspiration,i have actually lost 17 stone over the last 5 years by way of a gastric band operation,easy option people might say but it still has its difficulties,what i was hoping to do is get a bije now as i am in an exercise programme which a friend is helping me with,i have an exercise class once a week and swimming and thinking cycling would be good for me now,trouble is while i was losing the initial weight i didnt do exercise with it,i lost my wife three years ago due to cancer and slipped off the rails a little and put three stone back on by basically eating crap,but am now back on track with healthy eating and the exercise i mentioned,the trouble i have in choosing abike for me is i have also got pretty severe arthritis in my joints and have had a knee replacement to my left side,not a problem but what i need is the type of bike where my pedal circle will clear enough to allow a longer circle in my leg while i pedal,this is really hard to explain and im sure you will have a problem knowing what i mean,i would appreciate any thoughts you may have,many thanks,Nigel

7 02 2012
Neil Stewart

Hi Gaz

I’m looking to buy a bike, I’m currently 23st and not sure what to get.
I’ve been looking at a hybrids like this one :-

http://www.thecyclecompany.co.uk/index.php/bikes/town/item/escape-men/escape-3

Do you reckon this will be suitable?

I want to use a local bike shop and hopefully they’ll give me help setting it up etc.

Thanks.

Neil

7 02 2012
39stonecyclist

Looks fine, wheels will always been the weak point and on a bike at that price point do keep that in mind

Dont off road with it or kerb hop and you should be fine

Good luck

Gaz

7 02 2012
Neil Stewart

Would it be worth looking at a mtb that will have stronger wheels?

7 02 2012
39stonecyclist

Not if you are just riding on the road, no

27 02 2012
lilly
9 03 2012
Cammy

I’m just under 26 stone and have a brand new (basic) MTB. I don’t feel as concerned about the bike taking my weight after reading what you had to say but I do feel a bit self concious about going on it. How did you get over this, if indeed it was a problem at all?

22 03 2012
phatcyclist

Thanks for this. I weigh in at 346 pounds (after losing twenty) and am trying to get back into cycling to save my life. I’m nervous every time I climb on board my mountain bike, but this page has helped booster my confidence tremendously! You’re awesome dude.

7 04 2012
Andy Fosher

I’ve recently found this site, I’m 24 stone, 40 years old in July and have bought a giant talon1, it seems fine for my weight which I’m determined to decrease. My goal is a 7 mile ride to work but only prob is there are 3 killer hills along the route

30 04 2012
39stonecyclist

3 killer hills, stop your weight becoming the killer mate, hows your progress?

17 05 2012
homerj

Thank you for both your help and inspiration!

After a week or so of consideration I’ve settled on the bike to help me shed a few stone too.

I’m 6’3″ and 24 stone.

Can you see any fault in this: http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/cube-aim-disc-mountain-bike-grey-blue–id65901.html

18 05 2012
39stonecyclist

That looks like a belter mate

21 05 2012
Keith

hi there i commented on ur plig yesterday gr work btw and i just found this guied and i tolked to the guys at helfords to day where i was looking at an trax bike but they reckermended something like this http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_762061_langId_-1_categoryId_165534

and was wondering if this will be ok with road/a lil bit of dirt track into work i have 2 takkle 2 hills (1 bigger and steeper than the other 1 with an totle of about 3miles. thx (and sry about my spelling)

22 05 2012
39stonecyclist

To be honest mate, you’d be better off buying second hand

23 05 2012
Chad

Great bit of info here, exactly what iv’e been trying to find! Great work and a fantastic inspiration you are! I have just turned 30 and over the last 8 years managed to pile on 8 stone now weighing just under 20. Looking to get a bike through the cycle 2 work scheme to try and shed some excess baggage and was hoping to go down the road bike route. Do you think this is suitable?
http://www.cube.eu/en/road/performance/peloton-race/ Know its a expensive bike to start with but trying to take advantage of the scheme and tax free savings. Also hoping i wont have to upgrade much in the future. Thanks in advance.

24 05 2012
39stonecyclist

That’s a superb machine

At 20stone just watch out for the wheels, the ones I had on the Ribble I started with were 36 spoke so nice and strong

Apart from that, that cube could last a very long time with that spec

25 05 2012
Chad

Thanks for that, been and ordered one from the LBS. Looking forward to it now!

25 05 2012
39stonecyclist

We DAMAND piccys :) congratulations on changing you’re life mate :)

6 06 2012
Chad

Still waiting :-( as soon as i get it will post some pics! Where did you used to get your cycling clothes for the larger gentleman :-)

17 06 2012
39stonecyclist

I used Aerotech in the USA when I needed to

26 09 2013
Tom quinn

Aerotech are fabulous nd great prices

15 06 2012
wamdue

Is anybody else having problems keeping trye pressure, as it should be, my bike just cant keep its trye pressure at the moment, one of the inner tubes is new, and still nothing,

17 06 2012
39stonecyclist

If you are overweight that pressure can cause a loss of air

I used to pump my tyres every night

now its every month , they naturally lose air , better quality ones lose less than cheap ones

Hope that helps

20 06 2012
orangebalancedonacreditcard

Gaz, I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now, working up to get started, now I’m on my own journey. http://orangebalancedonacreditcard.wordpress.com/

One of the goals not yet on there is to ride with you. Working up to that one so you don’t leave me in your dust!

20 06 2012
39stonecyclist

I’m speechless mate that anyone out there would have a goal that reads “ride with Gaz ” I really am

20 06 2012
orangebalancedonacreditcard

Keep on inspiring people and I’m sure it’ll happen a lot more!

23 06 2012
39stonecyclist

Too Kind

20 06 2012
Steve

I’m the homerj from further up in the comments.

Scary bit first: I always avoided weighing myself and assumed I was around the the 24 or 25 stone mark. After buying scales that could hold my weight I was shocked at the result.

I started about 4 weeks ago at 27.5 stone. A combination of cycling and a diet loosely based on Atkins, and I’m now at 25 stone 10 pounds. Long way to go yet, but I’m feeling the best I’ve felt in a long time

As for my bike, I eventually settled on the Voodoo Hoodoo 29er from Halfords.

I can’t thank you enough.

23 06 2012
39stonecyclist

2 and a half stone in 4 weeks its AMAZING going, well done mate, DONT STOP :0)

21 06 2012
Kaaz

Thank U Thank U just what I needed to know – After watching a well known TV programme about obesity & the chap taking up riding , It somehow made me think that the bikes were of a certain type or especially made to carry the weight – Now I know better

23 06 2012
39stonecyclist

Glad it helps, its what its there for :)

26 06 2012
Alexandru.M

Hi, I’m Alex and i just found out about your blog and now…I am eager to get on a bike. I weigh about 135-140 kg (that’s about 22-23 stones). To get to the poin…would you please have a look at the following bike ant tell my, wich one do you think is best for me? :
-http://www.bikexcs.ro/biciclete-cube-analog-disc-blue-green-2012.html
-a one called FAT BOY ( :))) ) http://www.bikexcs.ro/biciclete/biciclete-mtb/biciclete-mtb-hardtail/bicicleta-focus-fat-boy-2011-858.html
-http://www.bikexpert.ro/biciclete_1/bicicleta-cube-travel-gri-argintiu-2012_5788_6815.aspx#
-http://www.bikexpert.ro/biciclete_1/bicicleta-cube-peloton-triple-alb-rosu-2012_5788_6737.aspx#

I thank for your time and I am looking forward to reading your respons

(PS: if you are having troubles finding the specifications for the bikes, just click on “specificatii” or something like that … tha language is romanian)

Bye!

29 06 2012
39stonecyclist

Cube ftw everytime: 0)

4 07 2012
fatbritwalking

Hi Gaz!!!

I appreciate you have written a guide and all.. but i still feel confused… i weigh 32 stones.. looking to invest in a bike.. i like the sound of ‘hybrid bikes'(not sure if its cos of the name hybrid…).. What should i look for in a bike… tyres… spokes etc.. Appreciate your help!!!

4 07 2012
39stonecyclist

Just make sure you get wheels with 36 or more spokes for strength, really hand built ones

4 07 2012
fatbritwalking

cheers mate.. should i go to a specialist shop or will halfords have something…

5 07 2012
39stonecyclist

I’m no fan of halfords but the boardman bikes are amazing

6 07 2012
Dave marlow

Finding your web page has just made me more determined than ever. I started May 2012 at 426 pounds, started walking a little at a time, did nothing first two weeks of June on holiday apart from watching calories.

Straight back into walking after the holiday and as of 6th July 2012 I am 28 pounds lighter, full of energy. I used to ride road bikes years ago.

Gaz, you have given me the urge to bike again, I have spoken with Trek, the warrant the frame to 28 stone. i have ordered a “Trek Marlin” the guys there were very supportive in sizing the right fram for my build and height at 6ft 5″ with a 31″ inner leg.

The bike will arrive when I hit 28 st, after starting at 30st 6lbs. Keep inspiring mate and good look with your Charity. A donation will follow this message.

Dave M

6 07 2012
39stonecyclist

Awesome dude

Thanks for the donation

Show us a pic when it arrives

And keep us up to date on your progress :0)

Good luck

Gaz

10 07 2012
Valdis

Hi, mate!
What do You think about old raleigh, gazelle etc etc road bikes? are they strong enough, to handle 130-140 kg person around track and streets to the track? something like these:

http://www.ss.lv/msg/lv/transport/bycycles/highway-sports/fcgdh.html

http://www.ss.lv/msg/lv/transport/bycycles/highway-sports/bdfbxp.html

Thank You!

11 07 2012
39stonecyclist

Hummmm isn’t steel the strongest metal there is ?

I don’t know much in that regard but I’d assume ,if I’m right ,that it’d be fine

13 07 2012
Dave Marlow

Hi Gaz,

Feeling like a kid at Christmas, the Trek Marlin arrives tomorrow, the walking over two months has worked now 32lbs off in two months and that included two weeks on holiday, health benefits and diabetis readings coming down.

All food weighed and diary of all eaten and drunk, setting new goals and mad keen for the first ride on Sunday…… All eyes on Bradley

Dave M

16 07 2012
39stonecyclist

How did it go yesterday? ;)

16 07 2012
Dave M

Hi Gaz,

Well they say you never forget how to ride a bike and it is true, getting used to MTB tires is fun. In my lighter days I used to ride on Reynolds 531 double butted frames super thin tyres and went like the wind.

Out at 5.30am I went out the front door and up and down my street, turning with care, cornering felt weird as did getting on a bike again and for a moment I had to consider if I was doing the right thing.

A few minutes later it was onto the top of the car as I headed for a local trail, off the roof through the gate and I was off, playing with the gears I soon found I was enjoying myself and getting more comfortable by the minute and more confident as I completed more circuits of the trail.

One question and I guess this comes up very often for you, The Seat, oh yes you are soon reminded of how a saddle leaves it’s mark, the memories of my lighter days came back and carrying so much more weight I knew about it afterwards.

So the question is, do I try and persevere or do I opt for a different saddle, any comments from anyone on this, I see Gel seats etc but open to suggestions.

The bike is superb comfortable for my size and proof that it is worth the extra dollars and lots of conversation prior to purchase, the 29″ wheels and 21″ frame look well matched to my 6ft 5″ height and 33″ leg, with 2st 7lbs off at the weigh in today.

I did not feel as silly as I had presumed and would urge anyone reading this to overlook some of your concerns and get out there I am sure my confidence will grow and Gary and his followers are proof it can be done……….

16 07 2012
39stonecyclist

Hi dave

Great story

Amazing to read

Re saddle. Just go with it for now. It takes time. If after a few rides its unbearable then come back to me but your butt should become a custom to it

We’ll get you back on a 531 roadie before you know it :)

Gaz

17 07 2012
Eclipse

Hello Gaz, congratulations on your transformation, you truly are an insperation to many people.

My current weight is 40st and health related issues because of my size
and I am going to take up Cycling to help my weightloss and general fitness,
I have been looking around to find a Giant bike the same as you used but not managed to find one so I am looking at other bikes now. One thing i did wonder is if that Giant of yours had an alloy or steel frame, would be great if you could let us know on that.

Anyway I hope someday I will be able to leave a message on here telling about my huge weightloss story, I guess time will tell.

ATB Gaz take care :)

17 07 2012
39stonecyclist

Hi mate
Glad you have chosen to make the change

I used an alu giant yukon but any mid range (non full suspension) but mtb should be ok. Just take it easy. Avoid potholes etc

Can’t wait till you come back and fill us all in on your weight loss :)

Gaz

24 07 2012
martin middleton

Im having no joy finding a suitable bike/trike ive contacted quite a few mnf but no one can help me im approx 550lbs and cant afford to pay for something that might be ok only for it to last 5 mins. i really want to ride to help with weightloss etc ive been told a trike is possibly the right way to go but i just cant seem to get anywhere. if anyone can help please email me direct martin.middleton@btinternet.com i would be extremely grateful.

24 07 2012
39stonecyclist

Really can’t see the issue

My giant yukon too me at 500lbs

Try that and in the mean time cut calories and move more

Gaz

24 07 2012
martin middleton

This says 30st limit but do you think it would take higher and would your opinion be its better suited then the yykon?

http://www.missioncycles.co.uk/disdetail.asp?Products_Action=Find('ProductID‘,’366′)&Products_Position=FIL%3ACategory%3D%27AdultTrike%27ORD%3AABS%3A3KEY%3A366PAR%3A

24 07 2012
39stonecyclist

I know nothing about trikes at all

Sorry

24 07 2012
martin middleton

Link didnt work http://www.missioncycles.co.uk/disdetail.asp?Products_Action=Find('ProductID‘,’366′)&Products_Position=FIL%3ACategory%3D%27AdultTrike%27ORD%3AABS%3A3KEY%3A366PAR%3A

24 07 2012
Dave M

Hi Martin,

I have sent you a direct email, however do not be put off too much by weight limits, we are all big lads outside the norm and as Gary has stated here these bikes are very strong. My TreK Marlin is rated to 28 stone and yes after all the walking I just tipped the scales to get within the limit.
Ali frames and the way these bikes are constructed will take you, just avoid the obvious obstacles and kerbs. It is worth noting that Giant are one of the biggest frame makers and several makers use there frames. I may be wrong but I was informed that Trek even employ some of them !
Most important get a bike you feel comfortable on, believe it or not even at 6ft 5″ tall my Marlin actually feels huge and gives me more confidence than I imagined.
Dave M

24 07 2012
39stonecyclist

Thanks for the input dave, it’s all spot on

25 07 2012
Martin Middleton

Dave M i have emailed you again mate
.

25 07 2012
homerj

Just checking in again to say thanks.

It’ll be six weeks this Friday that I started riding along with the Atkins diet. As of last Friday I had 2lbs to go to reach 3 stone lost. I’m confident I’ll hit that target this week.

I’m now 24st 5lbs and feeling great, but know there is still a long road ahead.

26 07 2012
39stonecyclist

Superb news

Well done

11 08 2012
Dave M

Well Done, HomerJ.

Hi Gaz,

Thought I better check in as well, going great here also now, weight dropping aaway nicely, lost 3st 1lb as of Wednesday 8th August, Blood pressure falling and blood sugars at all time low. Seeing Doctor Monday regards dropping those meds slowly, energy levels up and mad keen to keep gowing.

Regards & Respect

Dave M

26 08 2012
Raj

hey Gaz, planning on picking up a road bike with straight flat handle bar. I am 156 kgs as of now, would only stick to roads. good roads I mean.. I have narrowed down on the ORBEA AOS ROAD BIKE, has 36 spokes, 700x28c tires, frame has life time warranty and is made with aluminum alloy and the forks are made of some special steel alloy.. Seems to be a trustworthy and reputed european company.

http://www.thebikeaffair.com/bikes.aspx?id=329

What do you say?? Please reply soon

26 08 2012
Raj

Forgot to add that it also has double walled rims.. Lastly, also checked a few hybrid bikes but the aos ride quality was superb. The dealer said that the bike shouldn’t have any problems if driven on good roads. Want to check with you once before finalise on it..

28 08 2012
39stonecyclist

Keep to solid roads.adoid kerbs and potholes and it should be OK.good luck

28 08 2012
Raj

Ok sounds a little scary.. ;D.. Should i reconsider my options and check out a hybrid, or shall i positively go ahead with my choice with the points you told.. Yes, I would stay on good solid roads and shall avoid potholes..Waiting for this one last reply before going to meet the dealer once again.

28 08 2012
39stonecyclist

If it were me, I’d go for it, but just be sensible that’s all, road bikes imho are the best there are, good luck

28 08 2012
rick

Hi Gaz, your the man. Hope I can emulate what you have done, I’m 56 and 17stone, just got myself a mountain bike, starting my diet and my training soon, big thanks for this blog.

29 08 2012
39stonecyclist

Rick, your too kind, we always want pictures of new bikes tho :0),good luck on your journey, start today, not tomorrow tho :0)

29 08 2012
rick

Hi Gaz I will get a picture of my bike up soon and sorry I can’t start tomorrow as I’m off on my hols next week.

29 08 2012
39stonecyclist

Enjoy your last holiday as someone who is over weight

29 08 2012
rick

Thanks Gaz

30 08 2012
39stonecyclist

Any time, don’t be a stranger mate, your in good company here and if you fall, we can help, we have all fallen at least once

30 08 2012
Tsomeh

Hi Gaz,

Just discovered your site and all I can say is you’re an inspiration!

I currently weigh 246KG – that’s approx 38.8 stone, and would like to take up cycling as Sheffield with it’s hills will probably have me cut down to size in no time!

I contacted a bike shop that stocks some Giant Yukon bikes, and they weren’t sure they had anything that can carry me. I am more likely to go with YOUR recommendation as I can see the proof – what was the weight rating for your model of bike?

tsomeh

31 08 2012
39stonecyclist

Thanks for the comment

And we’ll done and choosing to save your life, now I don’t want to put you off, but I didn’t cycle until I’d gotten down to 34st, my yukon was a standard 2007 hard tail, bottom of the range model

Hope that helps

31 08 2012
wamdue

Right this may not be as impressive as some, but I started to focus on my weight loss, about 5 months ago, and have lost 3 and a bit stone. Started at 22 stone.

Ok so alot of it has been about eating less, but my exercise is largely coming out of a bike. The simple “eat less and do more” also rather than being unemployed and not doing alot, im doing two days of volunteering in an office for the RNIB, I realise that does not sound like it would lead to weight loss, but its giving my life a little bit of structure, and im not at home as much to eat from the kitchen.

8 09 2012
Steve

Hi,

I’m currently 31st and I am struggling to find a bike to ride, could you perhaps offer a suggestion? I can’t seem to find the bike you rode and bike shops I have contacted are less than helpful

10 09 2012
39stonecyclist

Have you checked ebay?, any bike from the big manufacturers should be able to do what my yukon did, i’ve hot a contact at giant, ill ask some questions

10 09 2012
Steve

That would be awesome, if you can let me know!

24 09 2012
Robx

Gaz a bit of help, I’m at 21 Stone and having problems with my current bike I have been told by a number of different cycle shops that I’m just too heavy for a road bike.

Do you have any comments or suggestions

25 09 2012
39stonecyclist

Sadly that seems to be the attitude of a lot of bike shops towards bigger riders

Truth be told, unless it’s carbon then they are full of ****

What the problem you are having? I Rode a Ribble audax from 24stone without any issues

Let me know and I’ll do what I can

Gaz

25 09 2012
Robx

I cycle about 36 Miles a Day (18 miles there and back) it’s not every day but nearly.

I have been told the forks are showing signs of stress the headset is gone the bottom bracket has also gone the chain rings have seen better days.

I am on my second front wheel and my third back wheel I previously bought a hope hoop and it lasted 27 days before I broke a spoke on it. I weigh 21 stone an getting sit of getting stranded by the side of the road with broken spokes/other problems.

25 09 2012
39stonecyclist

Headset, bb and rings are nothing weight related, the fork sound strange as I was doing 150 miles a week on a carbon fork at 24 stone

Wheel wise, get a hand built ridgda churna from spa cycles, 36 spoke, think they were £80 something quid and bomb proof

Don’t let anyone tell you your too heavy mate

18 10 2012
Don Fyffe

Hi Gaz, I had a personal question for you. Would you be so kind as to contact me via email? I’m at godzillalives@hotmail.com

I have a biking/blog question for you.

Thanks,

Don

20 10 2012
AJ

Just found this website, what an inspiration. I started really working on my weight 1 year ago with walking every day then moved on to cycling, down to 24.4st now (6’4″) I went from cycling a few miles a day 4 months ago and now I am at around 100 miles a week. Just put a deposit on a road bike but I am worried that they only recommend the frame take a paltry 240lbs – Specialized Roubaix carbon – what do you think about this? Cheers!

20 10 2012
39stonecyclist

Carbon is the area where I’d always play safe on weight tbh

Well done you

2 12 2012
Dave M

Hi Gaz,

It is sometime since I left a message and just wanted to say I am still following you and the blogs mate. Success continues here at this end, first Goal reached with 5.5stone off now since I started in May, so happy days.

All I can say to those considering taking up exercise is it is really life changing, the energy levels are through the roof. I find it hard to sit still in the evening, as I feel like I should be doing something. Been a few tough spots along the way but keeping it up all the same.

Dave M

2 12 2012
39stonecyclist

Absolutely stunning to hear

Well done

And please keep on fighting

Gaz

2 12 2012
Rajasekhar B Pai

hi gaz,

me too me too.. I too have been following your blog and posts closely buddy. :D.. Lots of inspiration from you, lost 32 Kgs in 5 months, i.e 5.03stone.. woohoo.. but sadly was down injured since 23 days, thanks to a 3rd degree bike silencer burn on my right leg. Getting back to training in couple of days. Cheers mate, happy riding..

Ohh: And had a doubt. While I was injured, My new bike arrived.. All new Fuji Roubaix 1.3C 2013 version. Beautiful bike, cant wait to get back on the saddle and start training. One thing I noticed is that the stock wheels are aero wheels with bladed low spoke count. Front wheel has 20 spokes and rear spokes have 28 spokes when compared to conventional wheel. Hope that wouldnt be a problem for a 150kg guy like me?? The rims are deeper than conventional road wheels,

http://www.ovalconcepts.com/road/wheels/327-wheelset

What do you think, thumbs up for the stock wheels or do I need a 32 spoke training wheels for now???

2 12 2012
Rajasekhar B Pai

basically, a little scared to ride the above mentioned Oval327 wheelset with my weight as I have no experience with bladed spokes or for that matter low spoke counts.. Your suggestions and say would be really appreciated and helpful Gaz.

2 12 2012
39stonecyclist

Well done on the weight loss man

Be proud

Shame about the injury tho

As for the wheels, I suspect that they might be an issue right now tbh, sorry dude

Gaz

2 12 2012
Rajasekhar B Pai

yeah, was dissapointed abt the injury.. more of an accident.. but things look better now, looking forward to resume training in a day or two.

Sad, will get a set of used training wheels for the time being then. Will get back to the stock wheels once I loose 5-8 stones more..?? sounds fine??

Thanks for the support and help Gaz

3 12 2012
39stonecyclist

Yeah I’d say so

Remember to what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger

16 12 2012
Dave

Hi Gaz,
I’m on a similar journey and have lost 2st this year, but still at 19st.
My brother has sorted me out this bike

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cannondale/synapse-tiagra-triple-flatbar-2009-road-bike-ec017635

I was wondering what are your views for tyres for us larger gentlemen.

I’m currently on a mtb with 26 x 1.5 tyres and I’m looking forward to proper skinny tyres. But do you recommend 23 or 25’s? I’m not sure what’s on at the moment but I know I will have change at some time.

Thanks

Dave

16 12 2012
39stonecyclist

Looks ok

I road a ribble audax at over 20 stone on 23 tyres

Go with 25’s tho as they off that bit extra with virtually no penalty

16 12 2012
Homerj1977

Thought I’d check back in with you guys as it’s nearly Christmas and it becomes harder to stock to losing weight.

So I’m now at 22st 3lbs, thats a full 5st 2lbs gone from when I started this on the 1st of June. Still loving riding no matter the weather and still sticking to the Atkins diet.

In that time my wife has also lost 3st 7lbs.

I can’t thank Gaz enough for saving my life. You were a true inspiration, and the prompt I needed to get of my arse and do something about it. Thank you.

My wife and I have decided to take a short break from the diet over Christmas and just enjoy ourselves, but we won’t be going silly. I’m only a chapter into my new start and it will continue.

Good luck to anyone trying to lose weight and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

16 12 2012
39stonecyclist

Mate

Wellllllll done, am so chuffed for you, I really am

Yu don’t need to give me any credit at all tho, you are the one who got off you butt and put in the work, so you deserve the credit

Enjoy it and I can’t wait for chapter 2

Gaz

14 01 2013
Tom

Hi, I’m looking for a bike to commute to work on. I’m stuck between a Specialized Tricross and a Trek CrossRip. I like the Trek, but at around 175kg the carbon fork worries me

14 01 2013
39stonecyclist

I’d personally go with the tricross tbh

14 01 2013
Anthony

Well at 150kg I have moved on to a full on Specialized carbon road bike. Had it one month now and done a few hundred miles, I’ll keep you informed as to how it survives. Like Gary I am PAINFULLY anal to remove road blemishes.

14 01 2013
39stonecyclist

Good luck dude

14 01 2013
Anthony

I mean avoid road blemishes, not remove (no idea why I said that).

14 01 2013
Tom

Will do. I had a Gt Palomar a few years back. I snapped a chain and the wheels weren’t true after not long at all. It didn’t feel great, so am a tad windy. But, we shall see

14 01 2013
39stonecyclist

Windy?

:0)

14 01 2013
Tom

Haha. Sorry, bit of a local term. It means worried. Like if I was walking on an icy pavement, I’d be a bit windy. So a bit the same re chain and wheels, but should be ok I think

14 01 2013
39stonecyclist

Glad I learned something new today

I’d never heard of it tbh

Take it really easy man and hopefully all will be good

Gaz

14 01 2013
Tom

Cheers. I’m planning on doing a bit of build up first. Then about halfway to work, about 3 miles, there’s a roundabout. So I reckon that’s the perfect place to turn around on a test run.

I’ll let you know how I go

19 01 2013
Tom

Well that’s me all measured up and a Specialized Tricross bought. Should be ready late Tuesday or Wednesday, so hopefully the weather picks up

19 01 2013
39stonecyclist

Awesome, keep us updated dude

22 01 2013
Tom

What’s our thoughts on turbo trainers? Just got one from the mrs’ mate in work. He reckons I need a spare wheel or something

28 01 2013
Tom

Ok. So my arse is now in agony. I feel like someone has been playing croquet with me. How long does it take for the pain to sod off? It wasn’t like this when I was a kid. I also had hair then, times were good

28 01 2013
39stonecyclist

Only took me a few weeks tbh mate

28 01 2013
Tom

Good show. I’ll just grin and bear it

28 01 2013
39stonecyclist

Ignore those calls to buy a larger or padded seat

In the long run you’ll thank me

I promise

28 01 2013
arude2

may I enquire as to why you think that? when I started cycling I got a larger seat, and my weight loss is ok (nearly 6 stone, in nearly 10 months), so other than the fact I have teamed a really expensive bike, with a massive saddle, what you got against them? (I was replacing a ultra thin racing saddle, which I never would have picked, even if I was slim)

7 02 2013
Ian Lord

Im 22 stone …need to lose weight and bought a bike … its a revolution ascent … with suspension !! Hope its good enough for me

15 02 2013
Tom

First proper ride today. Bad weather has had me in the conservatory on the turbo. More than anything, my thumbs were AGONY! Lol

Coughing and spluttering at work, 3.5 miles later. It’s all uphill going home!

15 02 2013
39stonecyclist

What don’t kill ya

Makes you stronger

You CAN Do this!!!!!!!

15 02 2013
Tom

Definitely. The first day is always the hardest. Every day is progress now

15 02 2013
39stonecyclist

Best attitude I’ve heard in a long while

You’ll go far

28 02 2013
George

Mate I love this blog, I just found you by chance (fate). I live in Sussex and weigh 27 stone, I decided last month that I would start cycling to lose weight so after a lot of homework I bought a Claud Butler Odyssey 2012 hybrid comfort bike. They call it a hybrid comfort bike because it uses Mountain bike frame and wheels but with semi slick tyres, it also has a lower saddle and higher handle bars. This is far more comfortable for me because when I peddle my stomach sits on my legs, so I am not only pushing down on the peddles I am also lifting a serious amount of weight lifting my legs.
As all have already said you are a true inspiration to us, I just can’t wait for he weather to get warmer, I am very lucky because I live right on the downs and have lots of tracks, they call them the downs but unfortunately there seems to be a lot more Up’s!!!

28 02 2013
39stonecyclist

More ups are perfect for weight loss

Good luck dude

Keep us all updated gaz

13 06 2013
mchenrycards

I loved your story and it was very inspirational to me. As a guy who started at 527 pounds and has now lost nearly 60 pounds of that weight, I have been looking forward to getting back on a bike but assumed I would not be able to do this for quite some time. YOu have me now looking for a bike to ride and a way to pay for it!! LOL. Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us large guys who have given up hope that thay can lose the weight and return to a “normal” life.

17 06 2013
lauren metcalfe

Hi gaz love your story I’m 30st but was 33st in Feb, I’m going to be getting a giant rock mountain bike and have been reading about wheels. tbh they are totally confusing me my budget is about £60 – 80 is there anything you can recommend please

17 06 2013
39stonecyclist

Tbh, keep the standard wheels, go slow, avoid potholes, avoid going on and off the kerb and it might be Ok.

If not, get a wet of 36 spoke hand built ones

17 06 2013
Robx

I can reccomend speaking to Andrew johnson at spa cycles I kill wheels mavic open pro lasted 30 days but Andrew build me a set that have lasted ages.

17 06 2013
39stonecyclist

Spa cycles are the place for hand built wheels

18 06 2013
lauren metcalfe

Are they very expensive as unfortunately I’m on a tight budget

18 06 2013
Robx

Depends what mean expensive my wheels cost £160 for both front and rear. But I went for tiagra upgraded hubs so that added to the figure.

I do reccomend speaking to Andrew Johnson at spa cycles and explaining your situation to him. Hopefully you can work something out

24 07 2013
Dan

I have recently started working closer to home (now just over 4 miles as opposed to 40!) and was thinking about getting a bike to ride to work and back everyday. I’m fairly fit and sure I can manage it but as I weigh just over 20 stone I thought that I would be too heavy for one.

This is exactly the sort of advice that I’ve been looking for and has given me the confidence I needed, thank you!

24 07 2013
39stonecyclist

Cheers Dan, glad I could be of help

2 08 2013
BT

18.5 stone haven’t been on a bike for years and just bought a bianchi 7 narvone tiagra
Desperate to get fitter and lose some weight as had bit of hard time last couple of years with my health
Reading this blog has made me feel better already without even attempting the bike
Do you think I will be o k on this bike ?

2 08 2013
39stonecyclist

Good luck, I’m sure you’ll be fine

4 08 2013
Biggywiggins

Hi Gaz.
Been following your blog for the past 18 months and have been using it as Inspiration & motivation in my quest to lose weight and get fitter. I started out at 33st and ordered a 3 speed hub cruiser from USA and started cycling to work (4miles) and the wife would pick me and bike up in the car, I got down to 30st and had a mountain bike hand built in this country for £600 and started cycling to and FROM work everyday. Now I cycle everyday most places I go in my city and its surrounding areas, it’s fantastic.I’m now at 25st and have just ordered my first off the shelve bike (specialized rockhopper 29er 2014) via the cycle to work scheme (which my company has finally joined), I’m buzzing can’t wait for it. Just wanted to thank you or this site as it has been THE proof I needed to show a little hard work, few tears and a lot of fun and anything is possible.

4 08 2013
39stonecyclist

Absolutely stunning story, very inspiring, it’s this that keeps me going

Thank you

#teamgaz

6 08 2013
Confuzzed Beginner

I have seen some 40 spoke wheels at Evans Cycles website- http://www.evanscycles.com/categories/components/rims#!Number%20of%20Holes=40 -£46.50 but think that’s per rim with out tyres.
I’m so confused between which bike- Surly, Boardman, Trek Marlin,Rockhopper or Giant and aluminimum, carbon fibre is ok or must be steel?
I’m starting at about 23st and haven’t riden a bike since I buckled a back wheel in my late teens :s
I’ve gotta say your website is amazing for someone like me who wants to get there but has always been so paranoid about unwanted attention and weak bikes.

7 08 2013
Biggywiggins

Hope you don’t mind my imput, but I, at now 25st have just bought a rockhopper and so far so good, it’s all about potholes, kerbs and basically avoiding the wheels leaving the ground so that no extra force is put on them until you get down to a lighter weight, then you can start taking it more aggressive.

12 08 2013
lauren metcalfe

Hey Gaz thought I’d give you an update I got a Giant Rock mtb with some 36 spoke rims from Spa Cycles and am loving riding, I started riding early morning as I was embarrassed but my confidence has just gone through the roof and although I’m only riding about 3 miles at a time my stamina is increasing daily so thank you for inspiring me

7 09 2013
Rich

Just been reading through the posts im 23 stone and just been out and bought an apollo paradox it looked like it could handle my weight but now starting to regret it as they seem to be getting a bad rap, ill only be using it to go to and from work on the road, anyone had any experience? or should i just scrap it now?

7 09 2013
39stonecyclist

Have you actually road it yet dude?

7 09 2013
Rich

not yet only picked it up yeaterday

7 09 2013
Rich

aslo what tyre pressure would you recommend?

8 09 2013
39stonecyclist

As high as your tyres allow

7 09 2013
Dave M

If you have not rode it yet and they will take it back then do that, the frame is quite small, it your on a budget consider a second-hand bike, there are some beauties out there, make sure your comfortable and buy the right size frame and consider top tube length etc, we are all different and it makes a difference.

As far as strength goes Gaz will tell you, most frames are bloody stronger than you will imagine, Giant make frames for there own brand and many other makers use their frames. Also consider a hybrid, over to Gaz for more advice.

8 09 2013
39stonecyclist

I’d always back a giant HT for anyone circa 30 stone

Hybrid 25stobe

And alu road bike 20st and under

Of course it’s all budget depending

8 09 2013
Rich

so took it out last night for a short cycle it was fine only complaint sore arse when i got back, step one tomorrow the first cycle to work this is where it all begins

8 09 2013
39stonecyclist

Sore arses are a normal right of passage, lap it up

Let us know how you get on

18 09 2013
Ali

Inspiring blog. What bike would you recommend for a 25 stone student without a great deal of cash for cycling to Uni mostly paved?

19 09 2013
39stonecyclist

I’d suggest a ht mtb or hybrid, try looking at gumtree

21 09 2013
Sarah

I started the year at 30 stone 4 pounds. I am now 25 stone 2 pounds which I’ve achieved through walking but I’m ready for more. I’m going to buy my first bike today. Ill probably use Evans cycles as they are local. Any suggestions on hikes that will hold my weight

25 09 2013
39stonecyclist

Bit late in my reply

So what did you settle for in terms end?

25 09 2013
Sarah

I bought a Merida crossway md 20. I’ve been out 3 times. Trying to pace myself but it seems to be holding up fine

18 10 2013
Becky

Hi, just found your site and filled me with enthusiasm. Was looking at getting a bike but been nervous as am 22st. I was wondering what your opinion is on is bike. http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_992094_langId_-1_categoryId_165534

I haven’t ridden in about 10 years and don’t have loads to spend. Thank you

18 11 2013
Callum

Hi there i am 20 and 6ft 7″ and weigh 24 stone. My target is 18 stone by june next year and i hope i can make it. I used to have a marin northside trail and was ok apart from the cranks kept braking so i got dmr ones instead. I have also read that dmr do strong bikes and would like to know if you think this would be ok for me to start riding again. http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/product/56803/DMR_Wrath_26Inch_2013_Bike
Reply would be amazing have been reading your responces to comments and would like to hear from you.

18 11 2013
39stonecyclist

Most MTB’s barring the £70 dunlop etc efforts will be fine , you REALLY dont need a bike that says extra strong etc

Good luck

Gaz

19 11 2013
Callum

I know i dont need something that says extra strong but i like the kind of bikes that are for jumping. At the moment i use my stepdads marin hawkhill but even though its a mtb i dont enjoy riding.

18 11 2013
Callum

I forgot to add it was stolen august 2012 and got given an old bike since then. Because i got given some bike i dont ride everyday now thats why i want to start riding again on a style of bike i like

14 01 2014
paul

Hey up lads and lasses, so it’s a new year and i’m hopefully buying a bike at the weekend, my question is not about bikes though its about accessories /clothing etc , ,,, is there anywhere that sells extra big sized padded shorts etc in the uk and what other stuff would you recommend for a complete novice??

Thank you in advance

14 01 2014
39stonecyclist

Places like decathlon go upto 3xl if that helps

26 01 2014
Adam

I am 19-20 stone and looking at buying either cyclocross or road bike just worried how comfortable a road bike would be and is it worth getting bigger tyres like 25c or 28c. Looking at about £600-700.
Cheers

26 01 2014
39stonecyclist

You’ll be fine on anything cx at that weight, don’t worry

29 01 2014
Sam W

Hey Gaz!
I’m a 20 year old 6ft student and 25st. I just recently purchased a bike and started a diet to improve my lifestyle and get myself sorted while i’m still young. I know you get it all the time but you really are an inspiration! I have a hybrid bike and pretty sure it meets the requirements you have mentioned in the comments. I’m a little concerned about how flat the tyres look when I’m sitting on the bike. Did you have this problem, or has anyone else had this problem? Are they okay to ride on when they’re compressed so much? Do I need special inner tubes?
Thank you so much for this post, made me feel a hell of a lot better about riding. Sorry to throw more questions at you!

Thanks
Sam

2 02 2014
39stonecyclist

Just make sure your tyres are close to max psi, you’ll need a track pump with gauge for that, a hand pump will not be good enough, no special inner tube needed

Gaz

10 02 2014
Skinny Roadie

Just one comment – in terms of saddles, it doesn’t matter what weight you are it’s a very personal matter. That’s why there are different shapes and sizes available. In my experience the profile (view from the side) matters more – I need something that’s not flat but has a ‘scoop’, together with a width appropriate for my sit bones. If a saddle is uncomfortable after riding it 20 times you should look at replacing it. Talk to your local bike shop who will generally allow you to try several. (I spent a couple of hours at my local bike shop fitting different ones to my bike, going off for a few miles then coming back to swap to another. You pay more, but get the right saddle!)

I’d also like to say how impressed I am every time I see a ‘larger’ rider out on the road. I know they’ve battled far more than I ever have just by getting out on the road. Their courage should be recognised by all.

11 02 2014
morbis snails

This awesome thread has eased my worries as I’m 6ft 5 and 21 stone.
So after reading this I’ve just gone ahead and ordered this for myself….Is it a decent choice for my first road bike ?

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/felt-z95-sora-wiggle-exclusive/

Is it a decent choice for my first road bike ? , thanks :)

26 02 2014
39stonecyclist

Looks like a good first road bike to me

18 02 2014
Gerald

Hello, I’ve come across your website after searching for a bike that would take my weight. I have been over fifty stone in the past but am, at present, thirty-four stone
I am buying a second-hand Raleigh Pave. Steel frame with twenty-six in wheels at a princely sum of £60. Compared to fifteen hundred for the bike I was told was the only one that would take my weight.
I collect the bike tomorrow hopefully so here goes. Don’t worry,I won’t be going anywhere near potholes or kerbs.
Thanks for the website.

26 02 2014
39stonecyclist

well done on the loss so far, thats awesome, hows the cycling ?

18 04 2014
Gerald

Hi, it’s Gerald. Getting there. Saddle is a problem but starting to tolerate it. Bike is great except the knobbly tyres are not helping my bottom. I’m actually out on it now, been out for about three hours now. Weight hasn’t dropped much but my leg muscles are getting very big. Will report back again. Thanks for website.

19 04 2014
39stonecyclist

switch the tyres for something like “City Jets”, they are what I used , not sure if they still do them like but theyll be tyres out there just like them im sure.

Keep at it dude !

10 03 2014
Rhonda Smith

So happy I found this site! I, too, have been discouraged from buying the bike I want due to my current size of 24 stone or 330 lbs. I am also on a tight budget, can only spend around $300 dollars U.S. I really like the 700c dual sport bike, but it’s an aluminum frame and I’m not sure it would hold my weight. Anyone with insight will be greatly appreciated. I’ve been inactive for way too long, time to get moving. Thanks for your help. Congratulations to everyone who has made the decision and effort to get healthy :)

4 04 2014
R.A.Bass

Hi mate. Don’t know if you still check this site. Glad I found it though. I’m looking to start cycling to help me lose weight. I’m about 26 stone, so going by what you say, a 36 spoke 700c Hybrid, ridden carefully, should about do me fine.

Just wondering though, do you think this’ll do it?

http://www.tesco.com/direct/vertigo-bilbao-700c-trekking-bike-21-mens/296-7737.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=296-7737

Don’t have much cash to spend on a bike and would prefer new to second hand.

4 04 2014
39stonecyclist

Can’t see it being an issue tbh

4 04 2014
R.A.Bass

Cheers for the reply, sorry for the duplicates, didn’t register the first on my screen so thought there was an error!
:)

5 04 2014
39stonecyclist

hahaha no bother

let us all know how you get on

4 04 2014
R.A.Bass

Hi! Not sure if you still update this site, but just found it and glad I did. I’m looking to get into cycling to supplement my diet and exercise to help me lose weight. I’m about 27 stone, going by your posts, a 36 spoke hybrid with 700c wheels should do be fine, driven carefully.

Just wondering though, do you think this’ll do it?

http://www.tesco.com/direct/vertigo-bilbao-700c-trekking-bike-21-mens/296-7737.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=296-7737

Cheers
Ryan

4 04 2014
15 04 2014
RIchard boyd

Hey gaz stumbled acrossnyour page really liked your story hoping you see this im 22 stone thinking bout buying this bike would it be okhttp://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/3323894.htm

21 04 2014
Maz

Hi Gaz, you have achieved something fantastic, congratulations,

I need to get shifting the weight my self and would like to start cycling as its something that will help me get fit and I could also share with my three boys (5,9 & 11).
But I know nothing about bikes, only that Halfords said thiers are tested up to 19stone.
Could you give me some advice on what to buy that wont break the bank please,as moneys rather tight right now but I dont want to let that be an excuse, if that makes sense? It’s not easy for me to talk about this publically, I’m 5’6″ and around 20 stone. :(
Really need to do this for my health and for my boys! Anyadvice you can give would be great.
Take care
Maz

ps My mum recently moved and I cam back into pocession of the ladies bike I had some 20 odd years ago. Appart from the tyres it looks ok, but its a folding one so Im guessing that its not ideal, any thoughts?

11 05 2014
kazrellian

Hi Gaz, any thoughts on the above please?
regards
Maz

10 05 2014
Steve

This is a great story & site.

I’m on a big weight loss kick this year. Lost 35kgs since January through walking (110miles+ per month on average) and dieting. But keen to step up to a bike.

I’m currently down to 24kgs, and I’m just over 6ft2.
It’ll mostly be a road bike, but I live in Bristol which is seemingly the pothole capital of Britain lately.

Any suggestions for a suitably sturdy set-up. Thinking second hand, so a like model to hunt out on Gumtree/ebay would be great.

11 05 2014
39stonecyclist

24kgs?

11 05 2014
Steve

Sorry- 24 stone / 153ish kg.

The two bikes suggested to me so far have been:

Giant Terrago – e.g. http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/giant-terrago-steel-mountain-biketourer/1060224209

Or:

http://direct.asda.com/Reflex-Freeclimb-Mens-Mountain-Bike—26-inch-Wheels/000973109,default,pd.html

Although the reviews on that one seem pretty terrible, supposedly it’s a pretty strong frame & wheels.

11 05 2014
39stonecyclist

ahhh ok LOL

I was on a Ribble Road bike at that weight

so just pick the best spec’ed bike at yout budget and enoy

11 05 2014
39stonecyclist

the giant of course is a gazillion times better than the Asda special

11 05 2014
Steve

Thanks so much – think I’ll go for the Giant for starters and see how it goes :)

13 05 2014
39stonecyclist

do let us know how it goes

13 05 2014
Si

You know, I read this a few weeks back and after being told by the Halfords ppl that bikes for my size are way over a grand I had given up the idea. I’m 6.3 and 160kg. Well I took your info, contacted treads and now am sporting a Giant hybrid….Well sporting is probably an ambitious word..lol.
Been out n about a couple of times since it arrived and it puts a big old grin on my face. It’s like turning back the clock to younger days (48 now).
So thanks for the inspiration and I intend to enjoy my new found freedom and dropping a few KG along the way.

25 05 2014
bigmarkster

I’m glad i found this page,I’m 300lb and didn’t think Id be able to get a bike to take my weight without breaking the bank.
From what I seem to be reading, its more the wheels than the frame that could cause me problems…I havnt got a big budget, especially if I have to change wheels,etc..would this bike do? or am I better going second hand?

http://www.tesco.com/direct/vertigo-bilbao-700c-trekking-bike-21-mens/296-7737.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=296-7737&sc_cmp=aff_1503186

also what’s the best kind of sadle for my weight ?
thanks in advance

25 05 2014
bigmarkster

sorry, just seen a post a few above …asking the same..LOL
any info on seats etc would be welcome

30 05 2014
John

Hi i have just bought my first bike today i am 27 stone currently on a weight loss program the bike i have bought is a carerra vulcan.. I have not rode a bike for around 17 year and just been out for the first time after half a mile i had to come back due to the seat being so painful. Can you recomend a seat for a larger person?

14 06 2014
39stonecyclist

stick with it

your body will adjust

there are plenty of bigger seats but as soon as I was used to them I changed for smaller ones

3 06 2014
Damikoulas88

Hello there. I’d read all the comments above but I am a bit confused yet. So what bike can you suggest me at 6.4feet, 160kg and around 500GBP budget? Also what about wheels? I am new to bike company but i want to start cycling ASAP to lose my extra weight.

Just one thing to mention, today I asked someone in a bike shop for a bike i liked and he said me that the European limit for a bike is 17 stones(107kg). Anything over that you are not getting any warranty. It was this bike http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/product/69971/Whistle_Huron_1484D_275Inch_2014_Mens_Bike

(Can be over 1 your suggestion)

Any faster you reply the better please!

Thank you,

14 06 2014
39stonecyclist

never heard such a thing TBH

19 06 2014
Andy

Hi, I’ve just discovered your blog and, I think it’s the inspiration I need.
I’m 48 and weigh 21st 8lbs. To be honest, I’m a bit worried about my age and the fact that I’ve led a pretty sedentary lifestyle for the past 25 years. I know I should get checked by the doctor but, I’d rather sit in a dentist all day than do that. Any advice on what would be the best stategy would be much appreciated?
Many thanks Andy.

22 06 2014
Mr holt

Thanks for the heads up I’m looking at a bike that would put me at 35kg over its maximum weight limit without reading this I would not have had the confidence to go for it witch I think I will now so thanks and just for the record I’m a 155kg in weight and want to loose as much as possible through riding

27 06 2014
JJ

You really have inspired me. I will be visiting my local bike shop tomorrow morning ready to start my life! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

16 07 2014
Paul

Hi Gaz like many have said, your story is an inspiration to all of to get out there and save ourselves.

But just to feel more confident before I make a purchase, I was looking into a CAADX CycleCross bike from cannondale, its an all alu/alloy frame, with a carbon front fork, I weigh about 21st, do you think I will have any issues if I keep away from potholes and take no jumps off kerbs etc, I know you probably see these posts all the time, but please, I would really appreciate your input :)

16 07 2014
39stonecyclist

You’ll be fine.

17 07 2014
Paul

Thanks for the reply, you know I have been doing some really hectic cleaning around my flat recently, really turning it into a bit of a workout before I get my bike, I think I hit around 140 bpm pulse, felt like my chest wanted to explode a little, sweating, out of breath and had to sit down for a few mins to let it settle. Kinda worries me, I am 31 year’s old now and worry about pushing yourself does sneak into the back of my mind sometimes.

Did you have these issues or worries, what did you do/say to yourself to overcome it, or did you just think “to hell with it, if collapse tough luck” and just go for it?

Paul.

17 07 2014
39stonecyclist

I’ve always had the “Tpo hell with it” attitude….not always the best , but thats just me

25 07 2014
Paul

Not sure what to do, I had my mind set on which bike I needed/wanted, but now I have been looking at Paulscycles.co.uk, some great reductions there on last year’s models etc, different paint job is the only difference I can see.

Well I was there in store(I live close too the store)the sales adviser did recommend I go for a hybrid/cross bike rather than a road bike, I am 22 stone and he was convinced I would have all sorts of trouble with the wheels on a road bike due to my weight, the road bike I had in mind was a 2013 model CANNONDALE CAAD8 105 TRIPLE.

I checked the specs and the pictures, and it seems to have 32 spoke wheels both front and back.

He seems to think the thinner road tires will cause issues for the wheels/spokes…..

It is somewhat off putting when sales advisers put doubt into your mind about what bike you could or could not ride comfortably without issues….

I am really unsure what to do, the road bike is actually a good £40 cheaper than the cross variant with the same spec, but don’t know if I should risk the road bike, if it would be considered a risk at all?

25 07 2014
39stonecyclist

“He seems to think the thinner road tires will cause issues for the wheels/spokes…” I believe he needs another line of work, I rode bog standard 36 spoke wheels at 22 stone on 23mm tyres, if you hit a huge pot hole, at speed, yes you might have an issue, but you would at 18 stone, maybe even 15 stone.

25 07 2014
Paul

hmm I appreciate your input, I guess you are right, it probably more is about how you intend to ride the bike and taking some extra care well out on the roads as opposed to just your weight.

Can you recommend any particular road bikes, which might be cheaper too and more suited for strength(even steel, I don’t mind the extra weight), possibly including the 36 spokes you had, I can’t seem to find any road bikes that go above 32.

Cheers
Paul

26 07 2014
Paul

Just purchased a Giant defy 3, which I got on an amazing deal….. reduced by a couple hundred quid, and then a further £75 off with a voucher code :). It has 32 spokes on each wheel, and 25mm tires instead of the more common 23mm like you used on your first road bike Gaz, I do hope this helps and hope the bike supports my weight, so full of nerves, but come next week its time to get busy losing some weight!

27 07 2014
39stonecyclist

take it easy, nice and slow, avoid pot holes and ENJOY

27 07 2014
Paul

Thanks for the support :), I only have one issue… the bike does not come with any pedals, I don’t quite feel comfortable using clip pedals and clip shoes..

Do you have any advice for a more straight forward “simple” flat shoe commuter type pedal that is comfortable for longer rides?

28 07 2014
39stonecyclist

The sooner you use SPD’s the sonner youll get used to them, they are the best thing to use BY FAR AND AWAY, it’ll save you money buying stuff now and then moving to them later…..You WILL fall off, smile and enjoy it :0)

31 07 2014
Paul

Had my first ride today, didn’t go far as I was worried for first ride to test the bike.

Couple dips/bumps in the road that felt a little rough on the back wheel but not major, but still made me a little nervous.

And oh boy did i get my heart rate up, taking a long time to slow down too, and can feel that sore wheezing feeling when your lungs just had a work out they ain’t had in a long while…….

I hope that old saying has some truth to it “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”…..
:)

11 08 2014
Chris

Hi could you help, I am looking for a road bike which comes with 36 spoke wheels, every where I look I cant find one, can anyone help? ideally would like to not have to buy a bike and then straight away replace the wheels.

12 08 2014
39stonecyclist

without asking every bike mnfr what the current spech of each of the current bikes are Im not sure Sorry

Spa cycles do amazing hand built wheels for a great price , they lasted me for literally 10k miles in all weathers , community daily

15 08 2014
Chris Wood

Hi thanks for replying, i will check them out as they are based near me. i have found a Surly Long Haul Trucker with 36 spoke wheels and looks very sturdy. i am think ing of getting the frame set and building the bike up with components i know will last,
cheers

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