Being plus-sized in a world where beauty standards greatly influence any and all products- especially for women- is nothing short of extremely difficult. Even products that are geared towards overweight women are often disappointing and last barely even a month. It is quite literally hell to live in a predominantly skinny worshipping world especially when it comes to fitness products or vehicles. Rarely do you ever find a worthwhile bike that can support more diverse body types and is still comfortable and lasts long. 

Keeping that in mind, we tested out a few bikes with a more generous weight bracket and short-listed seven of our favorites based on a number of factors including (but not limited to) durability, endurance, strength, and speed. Like with all our other lists, we also have a buyers’ guide to help you with buying your own bike. Let us get right into it.

#1. Women’s Step-Through Hybrid Cruiser Bicycle by SixThreeZero

With a design to make even the most stylish biker jealous and the functionality to keep you fit and comfortable, the women’s step-through hybrid cruiser is the perfect combination of elegance and performance. It features a frame designed to provide maximum ease of riding and comfort while the 250-watt motor ensures you can get where you want as fast as possible. The motor functions in two ways: pedal assist and full throttle.

If you want to stick to classic bicycling, you can also opt to turn it off. This step-through hybrid cruiser bicycle is mainly intended to be used as a bike for leisure and enjoyment and has top speeds accordingly. It goes up to 15 mph with a distance of 18 to 40 miles on the full-electric mode and 28 mph with a distance of 20 to 60 miles on pedal-assist mode. The curved frame provides the utmost comfort and ease of riding by keeping you in an upright and relaxed riding position that reduces the strain on your back, hips, shoulder and knees.

The comfort offered by the frame is only further maximized by the 26” wheels with 2” slick tires. Topping it all off are the front and rear disc brakes to allow easy braking.

Features
  • Fits riders ranging from 5 to 6 feet tall and weighing up to 250 pounds
  • 250-watt motor that functions in full-electric and pedal-assist mode
  • Top speed of 15 mph in full-electric mode and 28 mph on pedal-assist mode
  • 26” wheels with 2” semi-slick tires
  • Front and rear disc handbrakes
What We Liked
  • Optional motor
  • Comfortable wheels and frame
  • Very inclusive
What We Didn't Like
  • People below 5’3” can’t touch the ground with their feet while on it

#2. SixThreeZero Cruiser Bike for Overweight Women with Rear Rack

Available in seven different colours, each with their own lovely aesthetic and components, this bike is perfect for the leisure rider. SixThreeZero cruiser bike features a curved frame that enforces an upright riding position which keeps your back and shoulders relaxed and comfortable.

Ideal for comfortable and casual rides, this bike features 26-inch aluminium wheels with a width of 2.125-inches and waffle tread tires. This absorbs all the bumps and makes your ride smooth and stress-free. The dual-spring saddle ensures comfort during longer rides which is only enhanced by the wide, cruiser handlebars and with foam grips. To make sure the bike can travel longer distances and even go uphill, this cruiser bike features a 21-speed Shimano Tourney derailleur and friction shifters. It also has front as well as rear handbrakes to make sure that there is no difficulty in stopping.

The four gearing options for it are the 21-speed, 3-speed, 7-speed, and single speed. The standover position is also ideal as the low pedals allow the rider to be close to the ground while still providing appropriate leg extension. The bike comes 80% assembled and can be put together in 20 minutes tops. Overall, this is the perfect bike for anyone looking for something low maintenance and the occasional ride around the neighbourhood.

Features
  • Curved 17-inch durable steel frame
  • Dual-spring saddle and wide, cruiser handlebar with foam grips
  • 21-speed Shimano Tourney derailleur and friction shifters
  • 26-inch wheels with waffle tread tires
  • Blacked out components
What We Liked
  • Durable and low-maintenance
  • Features a rear rack
  • Highly comfortable
What We Didn't Like
  • May be tricky to assemble

#3. Power Electric Bicycle by DJ – Best Bike for Heavy Riders

DJ bikes have been a widely acclaimed Canadian brand for a very long time and have produces some of the finest bicycles and this eBike is no exception. With a powerful Bafang brushless 750W motor that can go up to 1000W, the distance and speed at which this bike can travel is astounding.

The 48V LG battery can be dismounted and charged at any time and is kept in place with the help of a key lock. With its aluminium frame, all-purpose 26” x 4” Kenda tires, you are bound to be provided with the epitome of a comfortable and safe experience. Not only that but the extra comfortable cushion saddle and foam grips make sure that even longer rides go by in a breeze. Tetkro disc brakes ensure that braking a breeze and can be done at any point with no effort whatsoever.

The front headlight gives you the necessary illumination on evening and night rides and the suspension is perfect for absorbing roadside shocks and bumps. Overall, this bike has the looks of an intense rider but can be used by anyone for anything be it uphill riding or a casual ride around the block.

Features
  • Aluminium frame with Kenda tires
  • 750W motor that can go up to 1000W
  • LG lithium 48V battery
  • Extra comfortable cushion saddle
  • Tektro disc brakes
What We Liked
  • Good looks
  • Powerful and low-effort
  • Easy assembly
What We Didn't Like
  • Slows down considerably with heavier weights

#4. Urban Lady Beach Cruiser Bicycle by Firmstrong – Best For 300lb

For all the short ladies out there who can’t seem to find a good bike, this one is for you. The Urban Lady Beach cruiser has the classic design of a beach cruiser but with the components and advanced engineering that just makes it so much better for riders. The 26-inch cruiser bike comes in three speeds that can be shifted to very easily and with no hassle. The 13.5-inch durable steel frame has all the gentle curvatures one expects from a beach cruiser but with the strength of a heavy-duty bike.

The frame allows for women from 4 feet to 5 feet 2 inches to ride comfortably in an upright riding position. Its white-wall balloon tires covering the 24-inch aluminium wheels make for a highly cushioned and comfortable ride that absorbs any and all shocks by uneven roads or bumps and make your riding experience smooth and stress-free. The oversized seat with dual-springs makes for extra cushioning and enjoyability, which is only furthered by the foam grips and wide handlebar.

It can seat women weighing up to 300 lbs making it the best bike for overweight women who prefer riding at higher speeds. The bike is comparatively low-effort and can go up to 20 miles at 15 mph.

Features
  • 13-inch durable steel frame
  • White-wall balloon tires and 24-inch aluminium wheels
  • Coaster brakes
  • Oversized saddle with dual-springs
  • Wide handlebars with foam grips
What We Liked
  • Very comfortable
  • Stylish yet very strong and durable
  • Seats shorter women
What We Didn't Like
  • Assembly is fairly tricky

#5. ANCHEER Electric Bike for Big Guys – Best for Money

With its bright and electrifying colour scheme, ANCHEER’s electric bike is a fine work of art. This bike, appropriately names ‘Blue Spark’, features a 350W high-speed brushless motor which goes up to 20 mph to take you to your desired destination as swiftly as it can. Its 10.4 Ah lithium-ion battery makes sure everything runs smoothly and gives you a distance of up to 30 miles per charge (each charge takes 6 hours).

It also features an LCD display of the 5 speed, motor-power ratio, battery level, mileage, and light signal. Its upgraded transmission system includes a professional 24-speed gear that provides stronger hill-climbing power, further range variation, as well as greater terrain adaptability as compared to 21-speed gears. The front and rear mechanical disc brakes are no less powerful than any other part of the bike and ensure smooth stops with one push.

The aluminium alloy 6061 frame is strong, durable and requires little to no maintenance. Its 27.5’’X1.95 mountain professional wheels ensure the best of the best motion range while keeping the riders comfort in mind. Overall, if you’re more inclined towards speed and range rather than comfort, this is the ideal bike for you.

Features
  • Aluminium alloy 6061 frame with 27.5’’X1.95 mountain professional wheels
  • Front and rear disc brakes with a high-strength aluminium fork
  • LCD display
  • 4 Ah lithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • 350W high-speed brushless motor
What We Liked
  • High maximum speed and distance
  • Powerful motor
  • High-tech display
What We Didn't Like
  • Tires are not too much durable

#6. Mongoose Malus Fat Tire Bike for Over 300 lb Riders

If you’re looking for something extremely comfortable with little or no regards to looks, the Mongoose Malus Fat Tire Bike might be the perfect buy for you. Despite being nothing special to look it, it redeems itself when it comes to its riding experience. Its most notable feature is the 26-inch tall and 4-inch wide ‘fat’ knobby tires which make certain that you can ride on any terrain- no matter how bumpy- as easily as you would on the easiest biking trail.

The simple cruiser design aluminium frame ensures that it is strong and durable but it should be noted that it can and does rust easily. The disc brakes make sure that stopping is easy and quick while the 7-speed gearing with Shimano rear derailleur make certain you can ride with ease and at your own pace. Its beach cruiser pedals make long pedalling easy and light. All in all, aside from its tires, the bike has nothing extraordinary to offer.

The design could be much better and the features are painfully mediocre and not worth the almost 400 dollar price at all. If the tires make up for the lack of quality in the rest of the parts for you, then go for it.

Features
  • Durable steel frame
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • 7 speeds with a twist shifter
  • Super-sized four-inch knobby tires
  • Beach cruiser design
What We Liked
  • Good tires
  • Simple aesthetic
  • Exceptional pedals
What We Didn't Like
  • We’ve not found any thing that we don’t like

#7. Hybrid Bike for Heavy Women by Schwinn

Schwinn has been one of the most recognized names in the biking world for a long time now. Despite producing some of the best quality bikes that rank number 1 on many lists, this hybrid bike falls a tad bit short. Despite being available in a variety of colours, they remain unattractive and peel off soon as well.

The aluminium frame is lightweight and durable but the swept-back, upright handlebars and the frame design puts the rider in an uncomfortable riding position that may cause cramps in their shoulders and lower back. The suspension fork and alloy crank are made by Schwinn and are of excellent condition and the 21-speed SRAM grip shifter and Shimano rear derailleur ensure that you can conquer even the steepest hill with ease. The alloy linear pull brakes make certain that stopping can be accomplished with ease and efficiency. Its padded seat is comfortable for shorter rides but quickly causes discomfort on longer ones.

Matching fenders add a touch of elegance and are perfect for city trails. Overall, if you want something mediocre to get by, this might be the bike for you. Despite the lack of quality, one thing that Schwinn definitely gets right is its durability so you can be sure that this bike will last you quite a long time.

Features
  • 16-inch step-through aluminium frame
  • 21-speed SRAM grip shifters and Shimano rear derailleur
  • Promax alloy linear pull-brakes
  • Sweptback upright handlebars and padded saddle
  • MAtching fenders and rear carrier
What We Liked
  • Highly durable
  • Efficient
  • Easy to maintain
What We Didn't Like
  • Assembly is difficult and the bike is average at best

The Ultimate Buying Guide to Strong, Sturdy and Durable Bikes for Overweight Riders

Buying a bike is no easy business. You need to be very careful about what to buy and how it should be according to your needs. It gets even more difficult for plus-sized women considering the lack of good products. In essence, the things you need to keep in mind while buying a bike are the frame, gears, pedals, and brakes. Let’s get into it.

Frame

This is arguably the most important part of a bike. In essence, the ideal frame is lightweight, strong, and durable. Aluminium frames are usually a very good choice, however, you need to be careful about the weight of the frame. If your frame is heavy, you’ll be having a lot of trouble with manoeuvring it and generally be exhausted using a bike with a heavy frame. The best frames are the ones which are light but also strong. Usually, the best frames are featured in Schwinn and sixthreezero bikes but that does not mean you stick solely to these names. Experiment and find your own comfort.

Gears

If you’re riding a commuter or cruiser bike, you don’t really need to stress about the gears. But if you’re riding a mountain bike or want multiple gears, it is very important to understand the role they play in the bike itself and how easily you can switch between them. If the shifting isn’t smooth, you can get into some trouble, to say the least.

Pedals

With the variety of different pedals available, it is necessary for you to have a good understanding of them so that you can get the ones that you’re most comfortable with. If you’re starting out and mostly go for leisure rides, regular pedals are the ones for you. They have a large surface area to push down on and are easy to handle, thus making them perfect for beginners. Another very popular type of pedal is clipless pedals. They allow the rider to clip in their riding shoes to the pedal for more fluid motions and easier pedalling. However, they ate less than ideal for areas with high traffic where braking needs to be done quickly and efficiently. There are a lot of other options but these two are ideal for cruiser bikes and beginners.

Brakes

One can not stress enough as to how important these actually are. If your bike has faulty brakes, you’ll be due for a visit to the hospital faster than you can say ‘oops’. The most popular type of brakes is handlebar brakes. They feature two brakes- one on the front and the other at the rear with the front brake on the left side and the rear on the right. Coaster brakes are also very popular but can be harder to manage as they require pedalling backward to come to a stop.

Last Verdict

And with that, we come to the end of the best bike for overweight females. We hope you found this helpful and informative and look forward to seeing you again. Which your favourite bike? Let us know in the comments along with any suggestions or feedback you may have. Happy Biking!

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About the author

Lisa Scholfield

Lisa Scholfield is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of "The Digital World". Her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Lisa lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing "The Digital World", she experimented with various occupations including, Computer Programming, Dog-Training, Scientificating, & Traveling.

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