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Offline corey

maximum weight 2
« on: February 09, 2010, 04:31:07 pm »
thanx for the replies but what i mean is what can the tires and or frame support for weight including my 160 pound body

Offline staehpj1

Re: maximum weight 2
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010, 05:40:13 pm »
thanx for the replies but what i mean is what can the tires and or frame support for weight including my 160 pound body
At 160 pounds I can't see it being an issue unless you want to take an awful lot of stuff or ride a low spoke count performance road bike.  I can't give specific numbers for various bikes though.

Offline Cyclesafe

Re: maximum weight 2
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2010, 06:41:52 pm »
Hi Corey

I guess you jumped threads after your other thread was hijacked...

Schwalbe publishes load information for tires - for example their Marathon Supreme:

http://www.schwalbetires.com/marathon_supreme

Load per tire.

As Pete says, any bike can handle 160 lbs.  Read up on bikes suitable for touring found in the info part of the ACA site here and get back with specific questions.
Hoping to do the North Star with ACA in 2014.

Offline whittierider

Re: maximum weight 2
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2010, 11:07:33 pm »
Most tandem road teams are using regular road bike tires, since there are almost no tandem-specific tires made.  Many are on 700x23.  Tandem teams' gross weight is seldom under 300 pounds.

You don't normally need to worry about the frame's ability to carry the weight.  I've read of quite a few 350-pounders on carbon with no frame problems, but of course they had to do something about the wheels.  Aluminum frames seem to be the most likely to have a weight limit, but it's probably quite a lot higher than what you'll put on it, especially since you're talking about weight that is supported directly on the dropouts which means most of the frame doesn't have to support it.

« Last Edit: February 10, 2010, 02:41:44 am by whittierider »

Offline cgarch

Re: maximum weight 2
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2010, 12:21:56 am »
I'd agree with the other posters. Can't think of many bikes or tires that won't support your weight. I weigh 240-250 (i'm 6-5) and don't have any issues other than I don't ride small tires (<23). I ride 23s at 120 psi just fine. On the tandem (carbon, combined weight 375, somewhere north of 400 when touring) we ride 25s for local rides and 28-30s for touring. No issues but then since both bikes are custom, they were made with my size in mind. But still there are plenty of guys racing that are heavier than you. 160 is a non-problem.

cg

Offline scott.laughlin

Re: maximum weight 2
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2010, 07:46:05 pm »
thanx for the replies but what i mean is what can the tires and or frame support for weight including my 160 pound body
At 160 pounds I can't see it being an issue unless you want to take an awful lot of stuff or ride a low spoke count performance road bike.  I can't give specific numbers for various bikes though.

You might consider additional information from Sheldon Brown's opinion on tires.  http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tires.html#labels

Offline John Bailey

Re: maximum weight 2
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2010, 11:56:20 am »
http://www.zinncycles.com/road-touring.php

Zinn Bikes specialize in BIG.

John

Offline paddleboy17

Re: maximum weight 2
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2010, 12:18:13 pm »
At 160 lbs, I don't think you are going to have any problems touring.  Most any lightweight touring bike will handle 250 lbs of rider plus gear.  Where you will run into trouble is if you try to use a bike for a purpose other than what it was designed for.

So trying to use a lightweight racing bike will be a problem because it is only designed to carry the weight of the rider.  It has a short wheel base so it will be twitchy under load and the tires will be prone to pinch flats.

I hear good things about Surly LHTs.  If you have a sensitive budget, that would be a good bike to consider.
Danno

Offline tonythomson

Re: maximum weight 2
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2010, 12:55:22 pm »

I hear good things about Surly LHTs.  If you have a sensitive budget, that would be a good bike to consider.
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I agree with this I travelled for a while with a very large man and all his gear, never had any problems - he had put good quality tyres on and that was only mod he made.
Just starting to record my trips  www.tonystravels.com