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Join Date: Sep 2008
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Bikes: 1992 Trek multitrack 700 sourgrape with red decals, 1992 Trek multtrack 700 (with 1" threadless conversion), 2009 jamis Aurora Elite, 2007 Jamis Cross Country 2.0, 1981 Trek 613, 1980's Fuji "Redlof" folding bike, Iron Horse AT-70 with 48cc motor....
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Suggestion's for 400lb friends
wow its been for ever since I've logged in, and I've never posted here before. So a bit about me I used to own a bike shop but have since moved on to other things to use my rather expensive college education. I have an rather large collection of bicycles and all the tools from my shop.
My future room mates were discussing the hilarity of the number of bikes that I will have in my new house and eventually discussion got around to me inviting them over to ride some. One of them weighs 400lbs and the other 375lbs.
I somehow never had customer's like this ever. I let them ride some of my bikes. A early 90's 4130 chromo IronHorse rigid MTB, a 2009 Specialized Hardrock Sport, and a simple steel coast-brake beach cruiser.
After teaching them to properly ride a bike, they really enjoyed themselves riding the IronHorse and as ridiculous as it looked the beach Cruiser as well. The hardtail's fork quickly compressed even on its highest setting and wasn't very fun for them. I figured this would happen. They want to get themselves on some bikes regularly (around town exercise) and I have no problem finding/building them some bikes, but I've seen big guys and certainly small guys break bikes before.
I think a cromo rigid MTB with beefy drop outs, risers and double wall, high spoke count wheels is a start.
Any advice ya'll could impart to me for these builds?