Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: In a cardboard box by Alki beach.
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I can't see doing super long rides or high speeds on a Rat Fink, but I've love to have one for weekend coffee cruises. A three-speed would be the way to go for sure. I've been heavy all my life and found that any stock bike I buy needs upgrades here and there. Even though I don't ride much for trails, and even then it's mostly rail-trail type stuff, I end up buying downhill cranks, seatposts, and other stuff just so they last longer. It sucks that it costs more to get a bike to hold up to big folks, but with a little help from a good bike shop, you can indeed have a nice ride. Start slow, and when stuff breaks, buy good quality replacement bits.
Above all, make it fun and keep at it.