Riding a bike is one of the most recommended forms of exercise for overweight Americans, yet not a single mainstream bike company in America makes a bike designed specifically to accommodate riders over about 300 pounds.
One Colorado professor aims to change that. Dr. Rodger Kram, an associate professor of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder, has assembled a team of students who will be researching and designing a bike for adult Americans between 18 and 65 who qualify as obese.
The National Institute of Health defines obese as having a body mass index of 30 or greater, which equals about 35.7 percent of the American adult population. That’s approximately 73 million people who do not currently have access to cycling.
This project would give these Americans a chance to improve their health through cycling.