What me and the wife are getting
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?
Nice! now get out there and ride
those bikes are rad. I would try not to look that far forward, just get the bikes and start riding. That will help you establish a ride style. You will begin to learn what type of a rider you are, and what you want out of a bike that the Electras can't do for you.
Great looking bikes. Get out there and ride them and enjoy them. Once you start riding and as you increase your distance and speed you will then start to realize any changes you may want to make. It truly depends on what type of riding you want to be doing. I've got about 80 pounds that I want to lose and i've started with a mountain bike a few weeks ago. I'm enjoying riding the trails but I know that my goal will probably be a road bike. I love to do distance and speed so that is what I am working towards.
The hardest part is the mental part - don't allow yourself to talk yourself out of getting on those bikes. Just do it. Even if it's only for a 10 minute ride or a 10 mile bike ride. The hardest part for me was that. I would wake up in the morning so wanting to get on the bike and I would then start finding excuses (too hot, need to do housework, don't want people staring at me, etc) any excuse that I could find at first. You are lucky that it's the two of you so you can keep each other focus and motivated. I ride by myself and hoping to find another person to ride with to keep me on track.
Biking is a wonderful form of exercise and also freedom. Once i'm on my bike I just want to keep going. Enjoy your bikes and in time you can then decide what your next bike will be. That's the fun part of it. This site is teaching me so much about different bikes so it's making it easier for me to understand just what I want to get in the future.
Congrats on your decision to get back on the bikes. Enjoy!
(Where do you live?)
Thanks for all the support. I will not worry about it until the time comes.
Oh and NH Girl, we live in Alberta, Canada.
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.
Originally Posted by Antiping
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....
The guys bike is a 36 spoke 26" wheel. As for the tires, they are smooth and perfect for riding in town. I plan on getting luggage carriers and the trailer and basket for me. (the wife doesnt want them) And my town is in the bottom of a valley, so its fairly flat. A few small inclines but nothing serious UNLESS I want to go outside the valley, then its a nightmare hill to climb up. Wont be doing that any time soon. I will ride this with the stock seat first to see if anything starts going numb, but it looks adequate for me.
But the next step is the LBS for a quick inspection and any work that needs to be done.