Best Folding Bikes for Heavy People
Nobody is too heavy or too tall to ride a bike, even that is a folding bike. I heard stories of many people saying that they want the portability of folding bikes but they are doubtful that the folding frame and small size can withstand their weight. Therefore, they gave up.
If you are among them, you are making a big mistake.
While most folding bikes can fit cyclists with the height of up to 6’4″ (193 cm), we are just afraid the frame is too weak for our weight. Your concerns might be true as majority of manufacturers recommend the rider weight should be under 220lbs.
So what happens if you plus your luggage are heavier? Fortunately, there are some bikes that can help you have a healthier life. Here are the top heavy-duty folding bicycles.
The Paratrooper is a full-sized mountain bike that can be folded to a compact size of 36″ x 28″ x 12″. The rugged bike comes with Folding Integrated Technology (F.I.T.), 24 speeds and mechanical disc brakes. Although this is a mountain bike, its compact size allows you to use it as a commuter bike. It comes with 2 frame sizes, 20-inch frame suggested for rider height of 5’11” – 6’4″ and 18-inch frame for 5’3″ – 5’10”. Montague stated that their bikes are designed for cyclists with a total weight of 250lbs.
While the officially listed weight capacity for all of Montague bike models is 250 lbs, that’s really on the conservative side. You should have no issues at about 300 lbs. Even then, it’s only the wheelset that limits weight capacity, as the frames have been tested to handle more. You could get a higher spoke count wheelset if you needed even more weight capacity.
The bike is available on Amazon for around $850.
If you need a commuter bike with a more attractive design, it’s difficult to beat the Montague Boston 8-Speed. The bike has the same folded dimensions of 36″ x 28″ x 12″, it features 700c wheels, custom 7005 aluminum frame, 8 speeds and weighs only 27 lbs. The Boston comes in 3 frame sizes, 17-inch frame for 4’8″ – 5’2″ cyclists, 19-inch frame for 5’3″ – 5’10” and 21-inch frame for 5’11” – 6’4″. Like the Paratrooper, the Boston 8-Speed can withstand the total weight of about 250 – 300 lbs.
You can buy the Boston on Amazon for $995.
The Brompton S1E is the smallest folding bike in the list. It has the small 16-inch wheels, therefore, it is so lightweight and small when folded. The folded dimensions are 22.2″ x 21.5″ x 9.8″. The Brompton uses steel frame, the material is considered more reliable for heavy-duty bike because it is not prone to fatigue and sudden breakage. Brompton recommended that their bikes are designed to carry a maximum load of 242 lbs (110kg) including luggage.
The Brompton S1E is priced at more than $1,200
Do you know any other high-quality heavy-duty folding bike? Let us know in a comment below.