My buddy is 6'2", 280lbs and at 25 years old is strong and fit - especially his legs since he has ridden bikes everywhere all his life. But, he rides mountain bikes in a style like those little 80lb punk kids on BMX bikes, always jumping curbs and doing tricks that hammers the heck out of all of his bikes. Twists BB, cranks, seatposts and seats, breaks pedals and I don't know how many rims he has either taco'ed or broke spokes on. So, right now he is struggling to keep one bike going at all and he had to bail on a ride with me this morning because the hub gave out two blocks from his house.
Now, here is what I want to ask you; I have a 62cm 1984 Motobecane Grand Touring bike with probably only a hundred miles total on it - essentially brand new. I took off the steel 27" wheels and put on clincher Mavic Open Pro wheels with Ultegra hubs and 10 speed cogs. Sorted out all the chainline stuff, and greased/adjusted everything and it is a sweet ride but just a little big for me. My buddy will not ride it, saying it is not a strong enough bike, that it won't support his weight. I have told him it will, that I can take care of anything that gets broke easily from my spares - just don't go hopping it off curbs while we are out road riding.
Can I get a little support here? Is this bike with those rims strong enough to support both his weight and strength as long as he doesn't ride it like a BMX bike? This pic was taken with a different set of rims, but the ones I had in mind for him was the Mavics that I have on it now.
Thanks for any insight you can give.