Father and son first ride . . . . . . first flat.
My father has been riding for a while now and encouraged me to join him. So I found a Schwinn Sprint for cheap and picked it up, a few odds and ends and got on the road. We are both bigger guys aiming to loose some weight and have some fun. (250 - 270)
Out first ride out started great and then about halfway into our 8 mile ride I got a flat. No big deal, we just pulled off to the side, took the wheel off, pulled the tire, patched the tube and got back on the road.
A few days later I decided to head out on my own I got about halfway through my 7 mile ride when I heard a huge pop and saw my tire off the rim. I pulled over and started getting to work . . . . I knew the tube was toast but I had to know for sure before I called for help. Sure enough the tube had a huge rip down a seam near the valve stem.
We ride mostly on smooth surfaces but occasionally get out on some country roads and run into some rough patches. I have decided to swap out the smooth tires on the bike for something with more of a commuter tread. I have read that the wheels on this bike don't have a lip to hold the bead of the tire so I shouldn't put an excessive amount of air in them or they will pop off the rim. Is this going to be an issue for me? Are these wheels strong enough for such a big guy?
Thoughts, comments, concerns, all appreciated. I just want to get out on the road and not be so worried about having a flat or a blow out.