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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-25-09, 06:25 PM   #1
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Want to set up a bike for a large friend

I have a friend who weights about 300 pounds who would like to get a bike so she can ride around the neighborhood with her kids. They are just getting to the point of riding without training wheels.

I have a Huffy 10 speed cruiser with 26" wheels and wider tires. I could set that up for her for about $30, but don't know that it would be robust enough. What older ( 70's/80's) bike or type of bikes would you recommend? I am thinking a name brand mountain bike and that the wheels (rear) is going to be the weak link.
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Old 06-25-09, 07:37 PM   #2
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The cruiser would probably be be strong enough. How many spokes in the wheels? Most bike equipment is built to take a lot more abuse than a heavy person riding slowly on paved roads can dish out.
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Not sure of the spoke count -- I worry since it is a Huffy, so we are not talking about a great beefy wheel to begin with. I am working with another bike forum member on a trade and will end up with a strong double wall Sun rimmed rear 26" mountain wheel. I think I am going to keep an eye out for a step through mountain frame --

That might take a while, so the cruiser could go to her for the time being. The cable and tires and such are cheap enough -- grease is almost free -- so it is really just a few hours of my time.

Any thoughts on 26" high PSI but inexpensive tires? I have been running Schwalbe Marathons on a bike I have been using and they are really tough, but a little too spendy for the Huffy.
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I have a friend who weights about 300 pounds who would like to get a bike so she can ride around the neighborhood with her kids. They are just getting to the point of riding without training wheels.

I have a Huffy 10 speed cruiser with 26" wheels and wider tires. I could set that up for her for about $30, but don't know that it would be robust enough. What older ( 70's/80's) bike or type of bikes would you recommend? I am thinking a name brand mountain bike and that the wheels (rear) is going to be the weak link.
Frame should be okay, the problem with some of the cheap junk bicycle shaped objects (like you find at wally world) which includes some modern Huffy bikes, is is that they don't always use current standard parts. When they do, some of the components are cheap knockoffs that will break at the first use.
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Old 06-26-09, 07:35 AM   #5
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go to your local bike shop and tell them exactly what you are looking for, a semi slick 1.5 with moderate to high PSI. The Kenda Kross Plus 2 is comming to mind, they run all of 10-15 dollars at the shop, 7 bucks from Nashbar or the like. I had a set of those that I ran for 1500 miles before selling my mountain bike and they still looked brand new, I was 245 at the time and have no doubt that they could hold up under your friend.
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I would make sure the existing wheels are true and properly tensioned.
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Not sure if the tension is dead on, but I trued up the wheels on the bike and put on a set of 26 x 2.125 cruiser tires that I had picked up cheap over the winter (Kenda flame -- 40psi). Replaced the cables and housing and took it for a test ride. The only issue seems to be the rear tire is so large that the chain rubs on it when on the inner chain ring up front.
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