Good Los Angeles LBS for fat biker?
6'6", just clocked in this morning at 330lbs (down 20lbs! (again)
I want to get back into biking, and I've been doing all kinds of research into "fat guy" bikes.
The next step, is I'd like to talk to somebody who knows something about bikes to plan the best way to attack this problem. I checked with one LBS (Spring and Bellflower in Long Beach) who basically said they could build anything if I told them the parts I wanted, but that's a bit hands-off. I don't have the experience to design a bike from scratch.
So, I live in Compton, I go to school in Long Beach, and I currently work in El Segundo. Can anyone suggest a decent bike shop I could work through this design with?
and while we're on the subject, do you think I"d be better off (with a max budget of $1000, or slightly over) building a 3 or 5 speed bike (1 front gear) from a bare Surly Instigator frame and fork, or buying a Specialized Hardrock and upgrading the wheels, tires, seat post, etc...?