Greetings! My name is Cody Dean and I am The Plus Sized Cyclist. On this page you will find information about my journey to get fit by way of two wheels, product reviews and tips for other riders like me. Why “Plus Sized Cyclist” – I am 6’4″ and currently 360Lbs (and dropping), this isn’t the figure for a cyclist… and if you do research, there is the category of “Clydesdale” riders, which is those over 200lbs. Most riders in this class I found fall just around that weight range. I am not a fan of this nomenclature. I’ve always… Read More

RedShift Kitchen Sink Handlebar System Review: A Handlebar Game-Changer

In the realm of cycling, it’s often the smallest components that can make the biggest impact on your overall riding experience. For me, a seemingly simple exploration of the RedShift cruise control grips opened a whole new realm of consideration for my bike’s handlebar setup. Today, I’d love to share my experience and thoughts on the RedShift Kitchen Sink Handlebar System. If you’ve been following me, you’ll probably remember I just installed new bars at the start of the season. I wasn’t in the market for a new set of handlebars. I have zero complaints about the Richy Comp Drop… Read More

The Ultimate Adventure Companion: Yakima HighRoad Review

After years of using hitch and hatch mounted bike carriers, last year I decided to purchase a Yakima HighRoad, and I want to share my thoughts with you all. This bike mount has been an absolute game-changer for me, making every trip with my bike a breeze. I can’t recommend it enough, especially for those who love to explore new trails and destinations with their trusty two-wheeler. Today, I want to tell you all about my experience using this fantastic bike mount, which I’ve mounted on the factory cross bars of my Subaru Forester. To start with, the Yakima HighRoad… Read More

Discovering Comfort and Performance with the Ritchey Comp Beacon Drop Handlebar

As a larger rider, I always struggled to ride in the drops, meaning user the lower portion of drop handlebars. It seemed like a waste to have drop bars and only using the upright and hood positions. That’s when I came across the Ritchey Comp Beacon Drop Handlebar, and my cycling experience has been revolutionized ever since! I first discovered the Richey Comp Beacon Drop Handlebars while browsing the REI Spring Sale and looking for something to spend my membership rewards. Ritchey has a solid reputation for creating high-quality components, and the Comp Beacon Drop Handlebar is no exception. At… Read More

Wheelset Upgrade – Wheel Master 700c DT G 540

After breaking a total of 4 spokes last year I was on the search for a new wheelset, something that would increase durability. After some research, I came across the Wheel Master 700c DT G 540 wheelset, which I purchased from 365 Cycle on eBay for less than $400. In this blog post, I’ll share my experience with these wheels, how they’ve improved my bike, and my switch to a less aggressive tire for lower rolling resistance. One of the main reasons I opted for the Wheel Master 700c DT G 540 wheelset was the increased durability. My stock Cannondale… Read More

Brake Upgrade: JUIN TECH GT-F 4

When I purchased my bike the one component I planned on upgrading was the mechanical brakes. Bring a larger rider, more mass is harder to slow down and the power of the brakes could get a little sketchy at times. After doing a lot of research, ruling out a total hydraulic conversion due to get need to purchase new brake/shifters. I found a number of reviews for the JUIN TECH GT-F 4 cable driven hydraulic brake calipers, they seem to be popular upgrades for eBikes. These are unique as they retain the brake cables but still increase the stopping power… Read More

Hammerhead Karoo 2 Cycling Computer

Think of a bike computer as the dashboard for your ride. Sure, you can get away with analog dials to tell speed and gas levels but having more information lets you become more efficient. In this blog post, I will share my experience with the Karoo 2, including how I’ve customized it to suit my needs by sideloading the Amazon App Store and pairing it with other devices. One of the standout features of the Hammerhead Karoo 2 is its Android-based operating system. This allows for seamless integration with popular cycling apps and also provides the flexibility to install additional… Read More

Review of the Take a Look Cycling Mirror: Enhance Your Ride with Unparalleled Safety

As an avid cyclist, I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest gadgets and accessories to enhance my riding experience. Today, I want to share my thoughts on the Take a Look Cycling Mirror, a versatile and user-friendly device that has made a significant impact on my cycling adventures. In this blog post, I’ll discuss how the Take a Look Cycling Mirror can be mounted on both glasses and helmets, and how it allows you to stay aware of your surroundings in any riding position. One of the most appealing aspects of the Take a Look Cycling Mirror… Read More

Magene L508 Bike Radar vs. Garmin Varia RVR315: A Rear Radar Showdown

As an avid cyclist, I always make safety my top priority. One crucial piece of equipment that has made a significant difference in my cycling experience is the rear radar. These devices alert riders of approaching vehicles, making rides more relaxing and secure. Today, I will compare the Magene L508 Bike Radar with the Garmin Varia RVR315, which I used last year. Both radars have their strengths and weaknesses, and I’m excited to share my insights on them. The Importance of Rear Radars Using a rear radar while cycling on the road is invaluable. Not only does it warn you… Read More

Wireless Shifting for Any Bike

For whatever reason I struggle getting the perfect alignment with my rear derailleur. I always seem to have one gear that just doesn’t want to cooperate. I’ve looked at replacement shift setups but upgrades to the 1×10 setup I have and love were sparse and if I wanted to make more significant changes it would be at a premium. After researching options, I placed an order for the latest and greatest Archer Components D1x Trail Gen 2 wireless shift setup for my bike! I can’t wait to get my hands on this cutting-edge technology that promises to dial in my… Read More

The Great Cycle Challenge

ONE MONTH. ONE GOAL. FIGHT KIDS’ CANCER. Five years ago when I started getting more serious in cycling, I wanted to find something to challenge myself. After a little research I came across the Great Cycle Challenge. The GCC is a unique fundraiser for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Unlike other rides, you set your own distance goal which you then ride towards throughout the month of September. The first year I decided to set a goal of 20 miles and this year I am signed up to riding 150 miles. It doesn’t matter what type of bike you ride,… Read More