Hi, as the title clearly states I need a bike that will withstand a Heavier rider. I'm not talking 190 pounds heavy, more in the ball park of 250. Having totaly destroyed a brand new Schwin Sidewinder (from the dreaded wal-mart $139.99) in under 4 days, a better quality bike is needed. I managed to ruin the largest sprocket on the front gear set when the derailer over shifted and i broke 2 teeth completely off. This of course led to many other unwanted derailments the moment any considerable force was aplied to the peddles. To make matters worse, a peddle has come completely stripped out of the crank (taking all the threads from the crank in the process).
I think alot of the problems just come for the sheer ammount of force/torque i put on the drive system of a bike. Granted purchasing a bike for Wal-Mart was risky, but my previous crap off the shelf mountain bike did awesomely with the forces placed on it. The main difference between the two is that the Schwin has cotterless crank, where as my nondescipt bike was cottered ( and had the single sprocket crank set from a womens Columbia cruiser).
When I ride a MTN Bike, I will always use the largest front and the smallest back sprockets. What I loved about my nondescript bike was, after I replaced the original cranks with the Columbia cranks, I had TONS of power behind my peddling. I loved this bike like no other, it was indestructable, had insane exceleration, and was just a hoot to ride. I rode it every day (as it was my only means of point a to point b travel) for approx 4 months (and losing 60 pounds) before it was stolen. I'm still baffled at it's theft seeing as it was the ugliest bike you could lay eyes on for probly a 10 mile radius. I needed a cheap replacement so off to Wally World it was.
Now onto the question (sorry for the rambling) Since I ride only one gear on bikes (the most difficult to peddle) what is a relatively inexpensive bike yet DURRABLE Mountain style bike suited to general suburban riding i.e. jumping on/off of curbs, bolting through peoples lawns etc. etc. Any and all answers welcome. Thanks in advance.