Cycling Tips For Bigger Riders | How To Make The Most Of Your Size On The Bike





Cyclists come in all different shapes and sizes. Heavyweight champions, Conor Dunne & Magnus Bäckstedt, come in at the larger end of the spectrum, and have years of experience in the pro peloton using their height and weight to their advantage. In this video, Conor and Magnus share some pro tips on how you can make the most out of being a bigger bike rider.

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30 Replies to “Cycling Tips For Bigger Riders | How To Make The Most Of Your Size On The Bike”

  1. Global Cycling Network

    Do you have any questions for Conor or Magnus? (They're 2.04m and 1.94m respectively, before you ask). Still have a question? Leave it in the comments below!

  2. Mark Fournier

    I recommend GCN do a weekly episode, just like this, taking a ride with ex-Pro's and let them talk about their experiences and insights from racing, or anything else they like to talk about related to cycling.

  3. Alexandros Riger

    I’m 6’8 235 thanks for this video 👍 literally am building a bike right now due to the bike shortages

  4. Kirk Langdon

    What about heavy heavy riders? Haha I’m 5’11 but 270lb power lifter. Don’t have the huge gut but just thick and wide, not very aerodynamic lol but I don’t really plan on being competitive. I just want to ride fairly fast and longerish distances. Currently working my way down to the 240 weight class.

  5. Kirk Langdon

    What about heavy heavy riders? Haha I’m 5’11 but 270lb power lifter. Don’t have the huge gut but just thick and wide, not very aerodynamic lol but I don’t really plan on being competitive. I just want to ride fairly fast and longerish distances. Currently working my way down to the 240 weight class.

  6. columbagallagher

    I am just under 6ft tall 181cm. My armspan is 194cm. I have a short neck that always gets sore after a 2 hour ride. Tried all different widths of handlebars and stem lengths. All to no avail. 800mm mountain bike bars on a short stem a godsend on my mtb.

  7. Spartacus

    How to use your bigger size – train to push 400w and drag all the little fuckers out into the fens, watch em beg for forgiveness

  8. marceljax

    Where does Magnus find his Kit's??? Also tall and much thinner than Magnus…..Very hard to find Long Tall items

  9. 22fret

    That was really interesting indeed. I am one of those tall and heavy riders (1,96m @ 100 kgs, almost 48 yrs) and it's good to hear that we struggle with the same enemies. I'm not good in the mountains but I used to be quite a decent sprinter. Bike size is important, too. I found my workhorse in 2007: a Cannondale CAAD5 (63 cm) that did not require any modification to fit perfectly. To this day it is completely stock, apart from the wheels, that I have just today replaced by a set of DT Swiss PR 1600 Spline. They can take a system weight of 130 kgs, so exactly what I need to feel secure. I run Schwalbe Pro One (tube type) 23mm because I can ride them at 9 bars. They can take 10 but it's good to know I don't need it. I rode Conti GP4000s some time ago and their max. pressure was 8.5 (same with the new 5000), but I always feared tyre damage when I came close to 9. Wider tyres are a bit difficult in that frame because back end and fork are quite narrow. 25 would perhaps be OK, but 28, not sure about that. I used to bend rear wheels, too and with a wide tyre you risk a wheel not being able to turn anymore.
    However, thanks very much for that video and a big shoutout to Magnus Maximus. Man, what a nice bloke. Cheers from Germany…

  10. The Geordie Wine Guide

    I'm 198 & 90kgs and like Magnus I gan through wheels super quickly. Also a pain in the arse to find bikes, get the right length clothing and shoes !!!!

  11. Dean Abt

    Thanks so very much Conner & Magnus. 6'5" /187lb crit racer here – so many brilliant tips for those of us rolling tall!! Sprint from speed, yes!!

  12. paul vander haegen

    here is a peace of advice for shorties stay put behind the tall guy's and kill them when it goes uphill hahahahahaha.

  13. dwtson12

    Loved this video, Conor is an awesome presenter! As a fellow tall/heavy rider I’ve heard of Magnus’ (and Conor for that matter) insane power numbers – this was really cool.

    My question is, as a taller and heavier rider you can of course generate more power than a lighter rider, but in order to have a comparable w/kg to a lighter rider your FTP needs to be a much higher output. Is there a certain point where you find diminishing returns, for example as your ftp gets above 400+ watts where it would actually be more efficient to improve your w/kg by maintaining that ftp and losing weight? I assume it varies for ever rider but I’ve personally found as you lose weight the power numbers go down a fair amount… likely a very common issue but was curious your thoughts. Thank you!

  14. william aylmer

    There's hope. At 55, 197 and 90 kgs I'll never race but I'm enjoying the bike now more than ever. With discs and 2×11 with 52 in front and 34 in back, there's nowhere I can't go with ease; and I love my alpine downhill too. Missed it this year though!

  15. Enda Williamson

    'I still managed to hurt them' – Wow, Maggy is a cold hearted assassin on the bike! Don't be fooled by his easy smile and friendly nature..

  16. Lucy Bikes NYC

    Was racing the Belgie kermis scene when he and Roger Hammond were just coming up… both guys were always easy to talk with and open to everyone. Especially around a coffee. Damn nut Magnus was tho! Great video Conor

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