Thursday, July 7, 2011

Big Bikes for Big People

Joan Denizot with her line of Zize bikes.
Photo by Herb Swanson.
Quite a few people who come to our adaptive cycling program are on the large size, so we have introduced a couple of bikes in recent years especially designed for bigger riders. Designed to carry  up to 550 pounds, these heftier bikes make all the difference for people who want to ride - and ride safely. Such bikes allow big people to develop a regular exercise habit and can help with losing weight if that is a goal.

We have a couple of conventional looking two wheeled  bike designs. The "Easy Boarding" Cruiser made by Biria, is easy to use and quite popular - no need to lift your leg over the high bar! Yet it only serves people up to 215 pounds. Our Zize Bike from Super Sized Cycles will carry people up to 550 pounds with an exceptionally strong durable frame, solid seat, and resilient wheels. The Zize ("Size with attitude") comes in several styles to suit various riders and riding styles - and you will have to swing your leg over to get on. With bikes called "A New Leaf" and "Time of Your Life" though, how can you go wrong? There is even a model called the "Big 29er" designed for tall and heavy people - a rare bike indeed.

The Personal Activity Vehicle - a semi-recumbent trike
designed for big riders.
Super Sized Cycles is a Vermont based company that specializes in premium bikes for big riders. They also sell electric bikes and adult tricycles, such as the Personal Activity Vehicle we also use in our adaptive cycling program. The PAV is an excellent sturdy option for anyone who might be challenged by balancing a two wheeled vehicle or just wants an even more comfortable ride. You can also get bike accessories and bicycle clothing for big people from Super Sized Cycles, and their website features a blog for large riders.

Super Sized Cycles was founded by Joan Denizot, who was frustrated when she could not find a bike built for her size. "The people who really understand bikes told me, " she says, "that, in fact, it was very risky to ride a bike that was not built strong enough for my weight. Even bikes that were built for big riders only went up to only 225 pounds. The more I searched for my own bicycle, the more convinced I became that there is no way that I am the only fat person looking for a solid bicycle or adult tricycle. Biking is a great exercise--and it's EASY! Of course big people would cycle if they could buy a bike that's built for them, without having to be sized up by some mega-fit sales clerks who sell equipment made for skinny people."

Kudos to Joan Denizot for taking the bike by the handlebars and fulfilling an important need! Now large sized riders can fulfill their biking dreams! Thanks Joan!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Severe obesity is NOT a disability and should not be accommodated. According to the CDC it is a caloric-energy imbalance. Fat people eat too much and exercise to little, simple. There are only a few genetic pre-dispositions which could qualify as disability, ie Prader-Willi. Taxpayer money should be directly to the really disabled, not fat people.

Marcy Marchello said...

No offense or confusion intended - I do appreciate that there may be clarification needed regarding some percieved disabilities - the fact is some people with disabilities are large or obese - especially if they can't get adequate exercise - and we aim to accommodate them also in adaptive programs as best we can. In addition, people who come with participants to our programs may be large - and we strive to accommodate family members and caregivers as well - a fact that was putting undue strain on our equipment. Finally, Everyone Outdoors does occasionally go beyond the obvious distinctions of disability to include others (especially if under-reported) who are enjoying the outdoors - or would like to if they could. The goal here is to help people along - sometimes it is just a matter of learning about the right equipment to use.

Anonymous said...

To the Anon person who is moaning about this; Who do you think you are? Perhaps bigger people are trying to do something about that! Hense wanting to buy a bike for themselves! Nice personality you've got there! Fool.

Anonymous said...

Severe obesity can be caused by many disabilities, as they result in low mobility. I was disabled long before I was fat.

Maczeff said...

To the first commenter: Severe obesity is a disability when it is due to cardiovascular problems.

Eating and exercising is not the reason for their problems. So yes, severe obesity can be a disability.

I. M. Anoldgeek said...

To anonymous, who said "Severe obesity is NOT a disability". True. But I have two bad knees, one of which is barely usable, as well as osteoarthritis in several other joints and developing rheumatoid arthritis. My diet is fairly healthy, but my activity level is in the toilet. I am obese because I have been unable to exercise, not because I eat everything I can grab.

Gogrrll said...

To The First Anonomous On The Page........
It looks to me as if You are your own disability.......or your thinking is, and the world accommodates YOU......so take your rigid opinion and bury it.........