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How to choose a bike for a very tall and heavy person?

At 480lb/220kg: You need good custom handbuilt wheels from day one on any bike you get, regardless of genre or usage, and it has to be from someone who knows what they're doing. Rims exist that can ...
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Frequent punctures, is my weight the problem?

Increased load (i.e rider weight) on a pneumatic tire does not increase the pressure in the tire. The contact patch on the ground just increases in size until the contact patch area x pressure = load (...
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Heavy Rider (300lb+) - Please recommend a 26" tyre to avoid tyre pinch

As a heavy rider personally, I don't have many issues with flats. A normal tire on the high/maximum pressure works fine to avoid pinch flats. The key is to check tire pressure every time you get ...
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How to choose a bike for a very tall and heavy person?

The weight limit on a bike frame is the loading at which a manufacturer can deny warranty claims. So this Merida won't fail suddenly at 121 kilograms, but it will likely suffer from more punctures ...
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Weight limit for my bicycle

120 KG is 265 lbs. You might want to contact the manufacturer to get an exact number on the recommended maximum rider weight. Other bikes by high end manufacturers usually are around 250-300 lbs. ...
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I am a big guy who wants to buy a race bike

Fact: True pro-level road racing bikes from all eras, including but not limited to the current iteratons, prioritize being light as possible while durable enough, and the right kind of durable, for a ...
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Heavy Rider (300lb+) - Please recommend a 26" tyre to avoid tyre pinch

We don't do product rec here, but some general advice: You want to find the biggest tires you can fit into the bike, and run them at high pressure. The pressure written on the tire sidewall is useless ...
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Could I have deformed the wheel of my new bike by being too heavy?

220 pounds (100kg) is not that heavy. At £459 or about US$600 retail, the Saracen is also not an inexpensive bike. It should be more than able to handle your weight unless you're doing very ...
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Heavy Rider (300lb+) - Please recommend a 26" tyre to avoid tyre pinch

Do a web search for tandem tires. A tandem bike carries two people, so typical loads are even bigger than you. Also, definitely use a pressure gauge. You may think you can tell by feel, but I ride ...
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My local bike shop owner said to me "I would never use tubeless tires for a Gravel Bike"

Who to believe? You can believe that the shop owner believes that tubeless is not for him/her. But that does not mean that you are in exactly the same situation or have the same needs. Here are some ...
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How to choose a bike for a very tall and heavy person?

Thank you all for your responses, it was very very helpful. It has become clear to me now as to what I need to do and I am going to be buying a Zize Bike - Yonder. It seems to have everything I will ...
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Heavy Rider (300lb+) - Please recommend a 26" tyre to avoid tyre pinch

This is close to my goto answer for tyre issues. Tyres designed for touring use are meant for higher loads and inflation pressures. I run marathon plus on my commuter hybrid. They make a 26x2.0 ...
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Frequent punctures, is my weight the problem?

As a 310lbs person, you absolutely must inflate your tires to the max rated value. It's printed on the side of your tire. For safety, it is advisable to also check the rating of your rim, as it also ...
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Frequent punctures, is my weight the problem?

Other than Argenti Apparatus' great advice, if you get punctures frequently, one of the following might also be the case: You may have a small sharp object stuck in your tyre. Your rim tape may be ...
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I am a big guy who wants to buy a race bike

I won't get too much into product recommendations, but some general things to consider... You're going to wind up spending a lot of money on things other than your bicycle. At your size and presumed ...
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Ultra durable MTB for heavyweight rider (370lbs)?

As you probably know specific product recommendations are off topic here. However, three recommendations: Overbuilt wheels, heavy duty rim, 44 or 48 spokes. The biggest tire you can run, especially ...
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Setup for heavy rider and DB 29" overdrive

Manufacturer weight limits on bikes are a little nebulous in that they're not totally meaningless but they tend towards estimation, liability protection, and a fair line for the warranty department to ...
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Mountain Biking with Heavy Rider and Rigid Bike

The Multitrak is really a hybrid designed for light off road, on road and touring. You are right not to try and upgrade the bike parts. As long as you stick within its limits it will be fine. Enjoy ...
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How to choose a bike for a very tall and heavy person?

I would be looking at a steel framed touring bike with handbuilt 36-spoke wheels. For example Surly Long Haul Trucker (sadly, not available anymore but you can buy the Disc Trucker even today) is ...
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Could I have deformed the wheel of my new bike by being too heavy?

Its not unusual for wheels to go out of true within the first few miles or so of riding a new bike.. Especially if they're not built up strongly by a trained wheel builder... Most cheap to mid range ...
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Using tandem bike wheel on regular bike

Totally okay - you're focusing on the word tandem, when really both you and tandem riders want a "high spoke count" wheel. 36 spokes or 40 spokes or even 48 spoke hubs and rims exist but not so ...
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What would be a good style of bike for Big Guys

Short answer, this isn't going to be easy. Your first decision is abut Timespan. Do you intend to lose weight? If no, you're going to have to buy a bike rated for your weight. If yes, buy a ...
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Is there a weight limit for my mountain bike (Mongoose 29” excursion)?

Every bike has a weight limit. It's likely in the manual, but usually non-racing bikes are in the range of 250-275 officially (which is often conservative). Unofficially, people go (much) higher, but ...
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Heavier riders on bike trainers?

Trainers that clip onto your rear wheel aren’t a good option if you’re over their weight limits. They support much of your weight on your rear axle quick release and this can put a lot of stress on ...
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How to identify a MTB for heavier riders?

Answer: Its all about risk (for you) and liability (for the maker/seller) A bike rated at for a X kilos will not suddenly fail at X+1 kilos. However beyond this point, the likelihood of load spikes ...
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Hardtail XXL trekking bicycle with 1x12 gears

Weight limits for bikes are usually given for the "weakest" component, some components can handle more, but saying which one is of course difficult to say from our perspective. From a pure ...
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Weight limit for my bicycle

tl;dr - You have a cheaply made bike which is why it's squirrelly, I’d return it and get a quality used bike. Your bike has an MSRP of ZAR3575 which equates to around US$285 or €240. Assuming that ...
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Weight limit for my bicycle

Most of the times the frames aren't the biggest issue with weight. What's mostly limiting are the wheels. Especially if theses are cheaper 29" wheels you should check the manufacturer for a weight ...
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Heavy Rider (300lb+) - Please recommend a 26" tyre to avoid tyre pinch

You could try converting your tyres to a tubeless system. I run much lower pressures on my tubeless mountain bike than I used to - they are super resistant to pinch flats. Every now and then I can ...
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Super Heavyweight Biker keeps destroying Dutch bikes

Kalkhoff makes a XXL bike for total load 170 kg. https://www.kalkhoff-bikes.com/de/bikes/2018/bikes/city-1/agattu-xxl-8.html I bought one of those in 2014 (they had Alfine hubs back then) and ...
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