Bike Design For Overweight Riders

Photo - "Fat Guy Across America"
Photo – “Fat Guy Across America”

Cycling, like swimming, as a generally non-load bearing form of aerobic exercise, is ideal for the 1/3+ of the population struggling with obesity. In one focus group session with 60 bariatric surgery patients, when asked how many remember having fun riding bikes as kids, nearly all hands went up. When asked if they’d consider riding again to lose weight if it were safe and comfortable, all those hands went back up.  A not-insignificant part of the “safe and comfortable” challenge is the “safe” aspect, and much attention is being given to education and cycling infrastructure. However, safe and comfortable bikes for heavier riders are hard to come by.  Here’s an article on the quest to solve that challenge. One aspect not addressed though is the obvious advantage of pedelecs, or power-assisted e-bikes.  Read more here.

Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.