Well - on the Mediterranean - for reasons of cost, roads and climate - motorbikes of all types still are a regular means of transport. Not some sort of seasonal hobby vehicle. Soalso for big guys.You are fortunate -- we don't see many bigger people on bikes here. It is a rare occasion when I see anyone bigger than my wife or I, and we aren't all that big.
I guess stronger bike culture overcomes the fewer fat people. Yet another reason I need to get back to Europe!
That definitely was one of the pics that triggered my fascination with big guys. I'm with Tad on this issue. ....
Though I have an update on this - one of my bigger, chubbier students - he refers to himself as the 'fat Ukrainian' - commutes to campus by bike! I'd pegged him for a 'driver' for sure, but no, he has a sweet racing bike for commuting, but forgot his lock and asked if he could put it in the lab's storage room for safekeeping during class.Although, there are definitely some fat guys on bikes around campus this fall... and fat guys on larger motorbikes aren't uncommon.
But, sigh, I am still among the fatter cyclists on my daily commute to campus.