Finding and purchasing exercise equipment for bigger body fitness can be a daunting task. Finding sturdy big and tall bikes can be particularly hard if you don’t know where to shop or what features to look for. The adult bikes at most bike retailers are only designed for small to medium adults – typically up to about 200 or 250 pounds. Whether they are big retailers or smaller bike stores, most bike retailers tend to inventory bikes with frames, wheels and brakes which are not designed for larger weight or taller passengers.
Bikes sold as “plus bikes” at bike shops or sports stores are mountain bikes with oversize tires that make for a more comfortable ride on a mountain trail. The frames ARE NOT designed for larger riders.
Don’t give up! Bikes for heavier and taller men and women ARE available. Here are a few reliable sources for heavyweight bikes:
Worksman Cycles manufactures bikes with very sturdy frames and are very popular for quick door-to-door transportation in industrial, factory situations. They are available through living-xl.com.
Zize Bikes manufactures both classic and electric bikes for a variety of passenger weights up to a 550 pound capacity. They are very well made like the Worksman Cycles.
Buying a bike is an investment in your fun, freedom and health. Buying the bike online means you won’t be able to “test spin” the bike before you purchase. To minimize returns, be sure you really think through what you need and want. The bike manufacture’s customer service people can be a big help to you while you decide which model and features will be best for you.
Big and Tall Bikes: Features to Look For
Whether you buy a standard or 3-speed style bike, you should be looking for these features:
Steel tube frame such as 16G in weight
Wide (at least 9″), thickly padded, dual coiled seat
Super strength wheels and (at least 26″)
Puncture-resistant tires and tubes
Thick spokes (such as 11 gauge stainless steel)
Warranty on frame and parts
Big and tall bikes typically are shipped only partially-assembled. They are not difficult to assemble. Or, you can call your local bike shop for assembly.
Exercise should be fun. So, get your bike and helmet and go out and enjoy the nice weather!
Need more info on living as a plus size woman or big & tall man? Check out GrandStyle’s recent plus size living posts and recent plus size health & fitness posts.
Plus size living is getting easier. Restaurants have more seating options for bigger bodies. Outdoor seating accommodates larger bodies. Car seat belt extenders are easier to find. Furniture is designed to be more size-friendly. These changes and many new products are the result of many men and women vocalizing their needs and making it easier for plus size living.
Great Products for Plus Size Living
There are hundreds of new products…but, here are three that will certainly make your life (or someone else’s!) easier and more fun.
Bigger Bike Seats
Biking was the favorite activity of many kids and they still love it as an adult. Some bike for the exercise or to save the gas cost of going to the corner store. Others bike for exercise or to have a chance to see life at a much slower pace. (No more whizzing around the corner in the car and wondering “what were those great white flowers?”) But, some larger-bodied riders have to curtail the length of their ride since their big adult rear end tends to go numb on a standard bike seat after a short period of time. Solution: An Easyseat II Bike Seat. It is a padded 2-part seat that alleviates numbness. Tip: Put one on your exercise bike too!
Bigger Bike Helmets
Bigger bodies also tend to have bigger heads, causing a standard bike helmet to feel like your forehead is in a vice. Solution: The Bell Kinghead Triton Bicycle Helmet. Now, if they would just make them in red!
Curved Shower Rods
There never seems to be enough room to twist and turn during your shower without the wet curtain being all over your soapy body. Solution: A curved shower rod that extends 6″ outward in the center. Now, with this rod and your current shower curtain, you have enough room to enjoy your shower.
Bottomline: Don’t stop living because life doesn’t seem to fit your plus size body. Check out the many furniture, outdoor living, fitness, personal care and travel items available on [thirstylink ids=”6756″]Amazon[/thirstylink] that are designed for the larger or taller body. Need more info on living as a plus size woman or big & tall man? Check out GrandStyle’s recent plus size living posts.
Do you still have a pair of bike shorts, those leg hugging, poly/Spandex exercise shorts that were de rigeur in all the gyms until about ten years ago? Or, did you trade them out of your wardrobe for yoga pants?
You might want to consider getting them back into your wardrobe.
Bike Shorts: A Fashion Necessity
Here are six reasons why bike shorts are still one of the best fashion accessories that a plus size woman can have:
Are a great way to prevent thigh chafing. Their smooth feel stops the friction that can cause irritation and chafing. Try a pair under your flowing skirt or dress during the hot weather.
Hold up slipping panty hose and tights. Just pull them on over your panty hose or tights to avoid the need for any tugging or yanking of slipping hosiery during the day.
Can stop the see through problems often experienced with thin white slacks and shorts. A light-colored bike short may be just the thing you need for a little modesty under thin fabrics.
Are a great undergarment to wear under flowing dresses and skirts. Air blows and catches your skirt? No problem. Bike shorts give you the same freedom of movement that cute little six year olds have with leggings under their dresses.
Make a great swim bottom for swimming, wading and water aerobics. You can move freely and not have to worry about your swim bottom floating up on your body.
Can’t be beat for comfort as casual, at-home or sleeping apparel. Just throw on a long top that covers your tush and enjoy the comfort of the bike short’s Spandex.
Who knew that a little pair of bike shorts could do so much for plus size living?