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The 8 Best Bikes for Heavy People – 2019 Review

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Whether you use your bike to exercise, to commute or to go on awesome rides through the wilderness, your bicycle is probably an important part of your life.

The worst experience for a cyclist is to have to endure an uncomfortable ride. If your body is larger than average, you may feel more discomfort if you are riding a bike that is just not right for you.

The good news is that you do not need to suffer any longer. Bikes for heavy people provide a solution and may give you the smooth and easy ride you crave and deserve.

In this article, I review some of the best bikes that are available for you to choose from if your body weight is higher than average.

 

TIP: In my detailed buying guide, you find everything you need to know before buying your perfect bike. 

Reviews of The Best Eight Bikes for Heavy Persons

You may be wondering how you can find a bike that offers everything you need as a heavy-set rider. These bikes for heavy riders offer the best combination of comfort and safety at budget-friendly prices.

Mongoose Dolomite Fat Tire Mountain Bike

I think you will love this attractive mountain bike with its 26-inch wheels and lightweight aluminum alloy rims.

The 4-inch wide knobby tires will give you excellent traction on just about any terrain and will make you feel safe as you ride even on hills.

The Shimano derailleur and twist shifter should make it easy for you to tackle inclines and to shift gears while the bike is in motion.

Mongoose Dolomite Fat Tire Mountain Bike

Coming to a sudden stop should not present any problems and I think you will be delighted with the way this bike handles overall.

If you worry about sizing, you will be happy to know that the Mongoose Dolomite features a threadless headset that can be adjusted for riders who are between 5’5″ and 6′ tall.

Even better, this bike is rated for a weight of up to 250 pounds.

PROS

  • Lightweight alloy rims improve performance and reduce weight
  • The beach cruiser pedals provide a comfortable and safe ride
  • Your purchase comes with a limited lifetime warranty

CONS

  • Steel frame construction makes this bike heavy

Firmstrong Bruiser Man Beach Cruiser Bicycle

The Firmstrong Bruiser is clearly a man’s bike with its steel frame and stainless steel spokes.

The weight of the frame is offset by the 26-inch aluminum wheels and rims, which make this bike not only durable but also rust-resistant. You know your investment will stay protected and looking nice for a long time. 

You will like the easy-to-use rear coaster brakes on the single and three-speed models. 

Firmstrong Bruiser Man Beach Cruiser Bicycle

The seven-speed model includes front and rear handbrakes for added safety and versatility on various types of surfaces.

You might appreciate this bike’s simple style with an extended frame that gives you a more roomy and comfortable ride.

Your best riding experience on this bike will be distances of up to about 20 miles on pavement, boardwalks and paths.

This sturdy bike has an over-sized seat with double coil springs that will keep you comfortable even on long city rides.

If you are between 5’4″ and 6’4″ tall, the Bruiser may be just right for you. Even better, this model can hold a maximum weight of 350 pounds.

PROS

  • Consistent cruising speeds between 3 mph and 15 mph
  • 2.125" tires and comfort grips cushion your ride
  • Comes 80 percent assembled

CONS

  • Suitable for use only on flat surfaces

Diamondback 27.5 Line Trail Bike

The Diamondback Line features a lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum hardtail frame that is both durable and reliable.

The frame is internal dropper compatible, which makes it easy for you to upgrade this bike. So you can tackle more challenging terrain types and longer rides.

Its low-slung step-over geometry makes it easy to mount and dismount the bike whenever you want to, as quickly as you need to.

A 120mm SR Suntour XCR front suspension fork absorbs shock to make it easy and enjoyable to ride this bike on any rough surface.

The wide 2.3 inch tires and custom-formed tubing cushion the ride and add stability as you tackle hills and all other types of rugged surfaces.

The Shimano Acera M3000 Shadow 1×9 single-ring drivetrain with chain guide lets you shift gears with ease. And the Shimano M315 hydraulic disc brakes make light work of coming to a sudden stop.

Diamondback’s Line model is available in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL to fit riders who are between 5 feet 0 inches and 6 feet 4 inches tall.

This bike’s extra-wide tires, sturdy construction, and low step-over make it an excellent choice for heavier riders.

PROS

  • Lightweight and stable on trails
  • Comes 85 percent assembled
  • Package includes all the tools needed for home assembly
  • Hydraulic brakes provide precise and complete stopping power

CONS

  • Some people report that the seat is uncomfortable

Schwinn Phocus 1400 and 1600 Drop Bar Road Bicycles

The Schwinn Phocus gives you two great options that are built for men and women. Both models have a drop bar, an aluminum frame and a carbon fiber fork.

The 1400 model has a 41 cm frame and is the ideal choice if you are shorter than 5’10” in height.

Schwinn Phocus 1400 and 1600 Drop Bar Road Bicycles for Men and Women

If you are taller than 5’10’, the 1600 model has a 56 cm frame and is probably the best choice for you.

This lightweight bike with padded saddle is likely to provide the most comfortable ride you have ever experienced.

The bike’s powerful dual pivot caliper brakes and alloy quick release rims will keep you coasting happily and safely and can support a load of up to 250 pounds.

The shifting is built to provide smooth transitions across speed settings and will make this bike a breeze to take for a spin on many types of surfaces.

PROS

  • Two 8-speed clusters and 4 shift levers provide control
  • 16-speed derailleur with integrated shifting and braking
  • Easy to assemble at home with basic tools

CONS

  • Inner tubes are thin and tend to blow easily

Firmstrong Chief Lady Beach Cruiser

The Firmstrong Chief Lady Beach Cruiser is built especially for ladies whose height ranges from shorter to very tall.

If your height is between 5’4″ and 6’4″, this bike may be the choice for you.

This classy single-speed 26-inch cruiser has 2.125″ tires to buffer you against bumpy roads for extreme riding comfort.

Firmstrong Chief Lady Beach Cruiser Bicycle

You will be glad that the handlebar has synthetic leather grips that will make you more comfortable and keep your hands drier while you ride.

If you are on the tall side, you will appreciate the longer-than-average frame and forward pedaling that affords better leg extension.

For tall ladies who have struggled with too much leg in the way of the bike, you will be relieved to hear that this bike has a low slanting top bar that makes it really easy to mount and dismount.

I have endured many tortured and miserable rides on bicycles that had hard and narrow saddles and no leg room. I would be tempted to buy this Firmstrong just because of its padded saddle and leg extension potential.

This model is available in several beautiful pastel colors, such as Mint Green and Baby Blue, all of which somehow look like cotton candy to me.

PROS

  • Certified for up to 300 pounds
  • Padded seat with coiled springs is exceptionally comfortable
  • Cruising speed between 3 mph and 15 mph on paved surfaces
  • Comes 80 percent assembled

CONS

  • Bike is relatively heavy at 40 pounds

Framed Minnesota 2.0 Fat Bike Mens

The sturdy Framed Minnesota 2.0 Fat Bike gets its name from the large 4-inch wide tires that will make this bike a cinch to ride off-road and on hills.

The durable aluminum alloy frame is available in 16-inch, 18-inch and 20-inch models and is nearly rust-proof.

Framed Minnesota 2.0 Fat Bike Mens

If you love adventure, rest assured that this bike’s mechanical disc brakes and 26-inch tires will be safe for medium trail and off-road riding.

The bike’s aluminum alloy fork has a wheel clearance of up to 4.8 inches to let you easily alter the type of tire you use as your travel needs change.

This bike holds up to 280 pounds and the plush saddle has a comfort seat clamp that will make long rides exceptionally comfortable.

PROS

  • Quick release wheel mounting makes tire changes a cinch
  • All-weather tires increase riding options
  • Sealed bottom bracket keeps cranks corrosion-free

CONS

  • May need a qualified technician for final assembly
  • Slightly more expensive than comparable models

sixthreezero EVRYjourney Men’s Hybrid Cruiser

This 19-inch cruiser has a lightweight aluminum frame and 1.95-inch tires that will keep you cruising with little effort.

The upright style and forward pedaling keep your body positioned comfortably for those rides around town as well as on hills and trails.

The EVERYjourney can support up to 300 pounds and has a 7-speed hub that gives you multiple riding options.

It’s one off my favorite hybrid bikes, and also a lot of college students seem to enjoy riding this classic bike.

sixthreezero EVRYjourney Men's Hybrid Cruiser Bicycle

You will love the control that the front and rear handbrakes give you when you swing your bike to a quick stop.

PROS

  • Wide saddle and padded handles provide extra comfort
  • Rear rack makes this a great bike for errands
  • Sized for riders between 5' and 6'4"

CONS

  • Some components may require professional assembly
  • Handlebar may be difficult to tighten with basic tools

sixthreezero Around the Block Women’s Cruiser

Women have a choice between the 24-inch or 26-inch sixthreezero cruiser.

Both sizes come in 1, 3 and 21-speed styles. The 26-inch bike is also available with 7 speeds.

With the Shimano derailleur and friction shifters, you have a myriad riding options and can safely control stopping on any terrain.

sixthreezero Around the Block Women's Cruiser Bike

Front and rear handbrakes that make it easy to come to a quick stop, to tackle hills and to bridge long distances in comfort.

The small size fits riders between 4’2″ and 4’11” in height. If you are between 5′ and 6’4″ tall, you will be more comfortable riding the 26″ model.

I am happy to tell you that this bicycle also comes with a rear rack that can hold baskets and panniers that you can use to accommodate nearly everything from groceries to your pet dog. 

The sixthreezero Around the Block is known to safely carry loads of up to 380 pounds.

PROS

  • Dual spring saddle and foam grips let you ride comfortably
  • Waffle tread tires provide traction
  • Upright seat provides a comfortable ride
  • Lightweight at only 34 pounds

CONS

  • May be difficult to assemble at home
  • Purchase does not include all tools needed for assembly

What bikes are good for heavy riders?

Bikes can differ greatly in some of their key characteristics and all bikes are not the same. I have written this guide as a way to help you and other cyclists choose the best bike from among the many available options.

Let’s begin by addressing some of the questions you may be having as you prepare to purchase your new bicycle.

What are the advantages of riding a bike that is built for heavy people?

Those of us who have larger bodies and people who carry a bit more weight with them, love to ride bikes as much as anyone else does.

We want a bike that can give us a comfortable and safe ride without breaking the bank.

Some bikes have features that better accommodate added weight and that can provide a comfortable ride.

Feeling comfortable while we ride will usually get us to ride longer and more frequently, thus helping us to enjoy the many benefits that riding can offer.

The rider of the following video is overweight and his narrative is especially meaningful,because he is speaking from personal experience.

In this video, he talks about the health benefits of cycling and how being heavy affects your riding speed.

I think that this guy has a great attitude and a keen perspective on the relationship between riding and health. The video is only slightly over six minutes long and well worth the time.

What is the best style of bicycle for heavy riders?

Some of the best models for riders who weigh up to 275 pounds include road bikes with drop handlebars, hybrid bikes with flat handlebars and mountain bikes.

Bikes for over 300 lbs include mountain bikes good for heavy riders and bikes that are made of steel alloy.

Bikes can be customized to accommodate larger loads. You may be able to do some of this work yourself or you can get assistance from a bicycle repair technician.

You may want to look at the page on the REI website for suggestions about assembling a bicycle repair and customization toolbox. (1)

Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will find links to a free bike maintenance class and information on how to perform a pre-ride inspection.

What features should I look for when purchasing this type of bike?

There are some features that are perhaps a bit more on the cosmetic side but that most riders look for when choosing a new bicycle.

I am referring to features such as foam grips, padded seat and extra-wide saddle.

Tall riders may look for features such as low top bars and good leg extension potential.

Still other riders really want features like rear or front racks, especially if they regularly cart loads like groceries, books or newspapers.

I think these features may be more a matter of personal preference and taste that are less likely to impact safety and overall ride quality.

Riders may decide to include some of these comfort features or they may decide to forego them.

Structural features, however, are probably worth discussing in greater detail because they can impact safety and overall experience.

In addition, you can always customize features like the saddle and grips. A bike that is poorly built or that is just not right for a heavy person, however, will likely result in long-term dissatisfaction that cannot be easily corrected.

For this reason, I will discuss some of the structural features that are likely to impact safety, including frame, the wheel system, the brakes and the gears.

We will discuss each feature in turn.

Frame Materials of Bikes for Big Guys

Frames made of steel alloy are very sturdy, but lightweight frames of this type tend to be fairly expensive.

Steel frames are very heavy but they are also among the most durable of all frame types. Steel frames are also more affordable than titanium or aluminum models.

There are bikes that have aluminum frames of a less expensive grade and that can provide a lightweight alternative to steel.

Wheels Made for Heavy Rider Bicycles

Rims that are made of steel alloy are particularly sturdy. A double-walled tire construction provides additional cushioning, ensuring a better experience on longer rides.

Tires that are 26 inches (or 700C) are ideal to put on a bike for heavy riders. For added traction, choose tires that have thick waffle tires or knobby tread. (2)

Tyre sizing - 26 inch (700cc)

Braking and shifting mechanisms

When we ride, we exert downward pressure on the brakes and gears. This pressure can make it difficult and even unsafe to move between gears.

Closely examine the shifting and derailleur mechanism to ensure that there is a smooth interface at the points of contact. Otherwise, the chain can slip off the sprocket and cause you to lose control of your bicycle.

Brake systems can be either caliper or disc type, and can be mechanically operated or hydraulic.

Mechanically operated brakes may give you better control on a variety of terrains and this type of system is what you are most likely to encounter when you shop for your new bicycle.

Are there any accessories that are made especially for this type of bicycle?

There may not be accessories that are especially made for this type of bicycle, but there are a number of accessories that can make a heavy rider much more comfortable in the saddle.

Extra-wide seats and padded saddles can be bought separately if your bicycle does not already have one.

A brown wide bicycle saddle for more comfort while biking.
Extra wide saddles offer more comfort while riding

Some bicycles also have frames that let you attach a back support or that have an upright riding style that increases comfort and eases pressure on the back.

Flat and drop handlebars increase the comfort level for heavy riders. These handlebars can be bought separately if you wish to customize your bike after purchase.

Are there any precautions I should take before I start to ride when I’m overweight?

If you are a heavy rider, there are some things you should know if you want to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

Bikes that are made of steel alloy are the sturdiest and may be the better choice if your weight is above 250 pounds.

If you will be carrying heavy loads on your bike, make sure that you distribute the weight evenly across the frame. This is especially true if you will be using your bike to haul items on hills or rough ground, both of which can quickly destabilize a load that is not well balanced.

Review the user manual for your bicycle to make sure that you are not exceeding the recommended weight limit.

The winner of the best bikes for heavy people is? 

All the bikes I mentioned above are very good bikes. But if I have to choose a winner…

Among all the  bikes for heavy people, I swear by the Mongoose Dolomite Fat Tire Mountain Bike because of its unique combination of features that offer safety without sacrificing comfort.

This bike’s sturdy frame offers durability while its knobby tires offer excellent traction on all types of terrain.

The headset can be adjusted to different heights to accommodate the needs of any rider. The bike’s beach cruiser pedals add to the comfort factor that this lightweight bike offers.

I hope that this review has given you the information you need to know as you prepare to purchase your new bike.  

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References 

1. Bike Tool Essentials, retrieved from https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/bike-tools.html
2. Bicycle wheel, retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_wheel

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