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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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Loose spokes after only a few rides

Unfortunately, most bikes are only rated to 300lbs or less. However, if this is a new bike, you should take it back to the shop and get them to fix it. They can't claim they didn't know you were a ...
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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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Tyre Pressure for heavy rider - any concerns?

It’s totally fine to use the maximum tyre pressure. The only thing I’d worry about with high tyre pressures is if your rims are too narrow for the tyres you are using. Rim sidewalls can break when ...
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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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Loose spokes after only a few rides

I completely agree with the accepted answer of @David Richerby from personal experience. As a heavier rider (~22 stone) for many years, I also found with a couple of different bicycles that the rear ...
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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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Loose spokes after only a few rides

Spokes getting loose is not a laughing matter. The more spokes get loose or break, the more uneven the load is distributed to the spokes, and the more likely other spokes are to get loose or break. ...
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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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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

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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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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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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Is it possible to use a smaller width tube to fit a significantly larger width tire?

It can work, as the tubes will expand pretty significantly. It is not a good idea for long term use, as it will stretch the rubber pretty thin, which makes it more susceptible to valve tear outs and ...
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Finding the right size bicycle

A cruiser-style, semi-recumbent trike might be the best for you. You can lean back so your stomach isn't in the way. Your back is supported so all your weight isn't on your rear end. Two wheels in ...
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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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Loose spokes after only a few rides

For your weight, you either need to find reliable wheel builder who will make wheels for you, or you need to become one. Possibly both in that order. Wheel will be most important part of your bicycle ...
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Wheels for fat guy - 27.5" vs 29"

In theory, a smaller wheel is stronger than a bigger wheel if hub and rim section are the same. This is largely due to the length of the spoke and it's contributions to the stiffness/flex vs spoke ...
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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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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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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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Loose spokes after only a few rides

It is possible to re-tension loose spokes at home, using a spoke key and the frame of the bicycle as a truing stand. In your case I would not do so. If the wheel started to fail so quickly from new, ...
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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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Fuji Nevada 1.5 29er (2017) - 549$ or Trek Marlin 7 (2018) - 375$ (discount)?

As mentioned in comments specific product recommendations are off topic here. (See What topics can I ask about here?). Answering the question about suitability of the bikes you link to for the ...
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How to pick a replacement rear wheel for GT Grade Alloy 105

Specific product recommendations are off-topic here but we can provide some guidance that will help you choose an appropriate wheel. You can replace both front and rear wheels without having to ...
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Loose spokes after only a few rides

Loose spokes and buckling wheels on a new bike are definitely not normal. That could be incorrect assembly but may also be a result of the weight of the rider and not getting the right advice: The ...
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Identifying features of a mountain bike specific to a tall and heavy rider?

I would be looking at bikes with frames made of steel. A cro-moly frame will be most likely to meet the requirements you are looking for on your budget, and there are a lot of bikes with cro-moly ...
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Identifying features of a mountain bike specific to a tall and heavy rider?

WHEELS In addition to frame, your wheels need consideration. Ideally look for bikes with wheels have a high spoke count. In modern terms, a rear might be 24-36 spokes, and a front is the same or ...
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