Newbie here. Until Sunday, I hadn't been on a bike for about 20 years, since I was in college. At 6'2 and 340 pounds, I'm definitely a Clyde but have made the decision to work on my diet and incorporate more cardio. Part of my exercise plan is to pick up biking again - possibly even some seasonal winter biking given that I live in Alaska (fat bike maybe?).
Last weekend, I purchased a K2 Zed mountain bike from Sports Authority.
I hadn't intended to buy from a chain store -- but here in Interior Alaska I only have a few choices to choose from. I went to a local bike shop in Fairbanks, AK (2 hours from my home here in super-rural Delta Junction) and the buff young fellow helping me just didn't know how to sell to a fat person! Thanks to this group, I had a basic knowledge of what to look for. As soon as he greeted me, confessed to him that I was new, confused and needed guidance. I went on to tell him that I would be riding about half the time on pavement, another 30-40% on gravel roads, and 10% on smooth trails. He showed me four or five difference bikes ranging from cyclocross setups to some hybrids and then asked which I wanted to test ride while my head was still spinning. He then left to help another customer, while leaving me to stare at bikes priced from $600 to $1800. I looked and looked - just not knowing what to buy and with no help -- before leaving, thinking I should at least comparison shop at Sports Authority. (We do have a Play-it-Again Sports too -- but I didn't want used).
At Sports Authority, I was helped by another young fellow who, from the outset, was clearly used to dealing with less "serious" cyclists. We talked about the difference between a comfort bike and mountain bike, with him guiding me to a mountain bike due to the rougher riding conditions in my community. I happily bought it for $525 and left, driving home 2 hours and 100 miles away. I got home late that night and read through the manual, then seeing that the bike is only rated to 300 pounds (first uh-oh).
The next day, I got up early and went to ride. It took me a while to get the seat adjusted properly but I finally got it where it felt natural. The handlebars still felt low -- and I found they couldn't be adjusted higher -- second uh-oh. (I have already gone on Amazon ordered a retrogit to raise them). Hopefully, as I work off some my gut, I can lower the handlebars to a position closer to horizontal with the seat!
After a while, I had things setup comfortable and went out onto the highway pavement, riding for a a quarter mile, pumping the pedals too much and spending a lot more energy than I remembered (so out of shape!). Still wanting to dial in the bike, I turned around and headed back. Because I needed to learn to gear properly -- less mashing and more spinning - I started tinkering with the gears, trying to find what felt right. I came to an almost stop and adjusted the gears again -- probably crossing them -- when I realized my pedaling was doing nothing. Broken chain.
From thedre, I got off the bike and walked it home home, my energy deflated.
Because I don't have a bike shop in my town, I haven't been able to fix the chain yet - though I've ordered a tool from Amazon and some quick links to repair it which should be here in about a week.
That said, what other things should I consider having? I'm guessing a tube patch kit and extra tube? Considering that I will always be biking remotely without a nearby repair shop, anything I should buy now and keep in my garage?
As far as the bike itself, considering my weight, should I also consider replacing the tires? Was this the wrong bike to buy to begin with? Any thoughts on how to retrofit it if it is? Or, should I return it and get something different?
Appreciate any input that folks can give on how to get started.