Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Toronto (again) Ontario, Canada
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Originally Posted by Antiping
So me and the wife are both fairly large people. I am 6'1" and about 300lbs. My wife is 5'9" and about 230lbs. We are both going to start using bicycles to get around our small town when we dont need to haul groceries. In the process of looking for a couple bikes we came across a guy selling a couple Electra bikes.One is a Rally Sport mens, and the other is a womens cruiser colored green with pink wheels. they are both cruisers (perfect) and both have coaster brakes and 3 speed internal gears.
Now I am hoping that they are good enough for us for a while, but when we start having problems with some of the components on them, what are the suggestions from other large people as to what we should upgrade or do to the bikes to make them better for us to ride around town?
The only concern, mechanically is the wheels, you need adequate spoke tension, although a 26" 36 spoke wheel, which those look like, can take a lot of abuse. The only other real concern is where you live, 3 speed hubs generally have one under drive, a direct drive and an over drive, if you in a very flat to moderately flat area, they can be perfect, if your in an area that has lots of steep hills, then they may not be. Best option is to get the bikes, get them checked over by a competent bike shop (if you see a lot of old bikes for repair, that's usually a competent shop), ride them as much as you can, in a year, you will have either quit, or you will be addicted and looking for a different bike more suited to your riding style.
Upgrades, if the tires on the mens are knobby, kinda hard to tell from the photo, then you can swap those out for smoother, higher pressure tires, you should be able to add racks to those bikes, which can make them easier for around town, a bike computer can be helpful for assessing your progress, speed is only important for one thing, at this point, determining the basic timing of a ride, if you go 9MPH and want to go 20 miles, you know you need just over 2 hours. If you want to ride at night, you need lights, and you may want to see if there are bottle cage mounts, a pair of screws about 10cm/4" apart in the frame that appear to be doing nothing. Otherwise you can always get some that mount on the bars, this is to maintain proper hydration....