How to Find the Right Bicycle for My Weight

How to Find the Right Bicycle for My Weight
Choosing a bicycle is a relatively challenging process. Not because it is difficult, but because it requires a fair amount of testing. The best choice for any bike is always one that is the right size and is specifically designed for the cyclist's body type. As long as you find the right size bike for your weight and choose a style that allows you to ride comfortably for extended periods of time, you can eliminate most of the discomforts that come along with riding a poorly fitted bike.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Buyer's guide
  • Sizing chart
Step 1
Use a bike buyer's guide to help you decide which bike is most appropriate for your weight. Bike buyer's guides provide style and size information as well as offer quick tips for adjusting your seat and handlebars for the best fit.
Step 2
Use a bike sizing chart. Available for road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes, bike sizing charts measure height and inseam length to determine the best bike frame size for your body.
Step 3
Test the bike. Stand over the frame and measure how much distance is available between the high top tube of the frame and your groin. Ideally, there should be an inch or two of space. If there is no high top tube, test the bike by sitting on the bike seat with your legs fully extended. There should only be a slight bend at the knee.
Step 4
Adjust the seat to determine how your weight is distributed on the seat. Choose a bike that covers the shape of your buttocks and can be adjusted or tilted for added comfort.

Tips & Warnings

Design your bike with custom length cranks, so the frame is perfect for your weight and provides a comfortable ride. Custom length cranks are available for XXL-plus and XXXL frames.
Choose which type and size wheels is best for your weight. Standard mountain bike wheels are wider than standard road bike wheels and can accommodate more wear and tear.
Decide if you want shocks and full suspension, which are appropriate for any size rider and are available in titanium, steel and aluminum.
Choose a lightweight bike if you have small, petite frame and a heavyweight bike if you have a tall, large frame. Lightweight mountain and road bikes are available at bike shops and custom bike shops.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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