I am new to these forums, and new to cycling. I was wondering if someone, anyone can offer some advise for a fat man trying to lose some weight...a lot of weight. But I am having major problems with the bike I have.
I had an idea, "I'll buy a bike and ride to work everyday," I thought;
1. Free work out every day, 11 miles to work, 11 miles home.
2. Gas at $4 + a gallon, save $60-$80 a week.
3. Feel better, watch my food intake, all is good.
I weigh about 290 lbs, and I am 6'1'. The doctor said ideally I should be at about 190 lbs. But even as a 17 year old playing football I was never under 220. I am 30 now.
I brought a 3 speed beach cruiser to get started. It's a Phat Cycle (I thought a fitting name) It has a 3 speed internal Shimano Nexus with coaster breaks. Pretty cool looking bike, comfortable, I love it.
3 weeks of riding to and from work, I busted 2 spokes. I took it in for repairs (only because I hear truing a wheel is an art form) and got it back a week later.
I rode for another 4 days, then blew the innertube, then it broke 3 more spokes.
I love the bike dearly, but I dont want it to turn into a money pit.
Does anyone know what can I due to preserve the investment I have already made on this bike (about $400) or am I just to big for the bike...Does anyone know if Shimano makes a flange(?) with the capability for stronger or more spokes? Any advise would be helpful. Thanks!