Need help finding two parts.
Hey folks. I'm new, and hoping that someone can point me in the direction of two things.
I just got a mountain bike after many years of not riding - it's just an entry-level Del Sol, nothing special. I upgraded the bottom bracket and crank to a set that cost about half what the bike cost, cause I weigh about 350 and I killed the crank on the last bike I bought.
Which leads me to the other parts I need: being at this weight (I need the exercise fairly badly, and my treadmill was driving me crazy with monotony), my seat is, shall we say, less than satisfactory (can you say saddle sores?), and my riding style is not standard - my heels point inward to a great degree. So what I need to know is, where do I find the absolute widest set of pedals that can be had (price is no object here), and what is the best seat for a guy like me?
I'm thinking that the seat needs to be pretty wide at the back, with a goodly amount of surface area to contact, thus spreading the weight distribution as widely as possible, and more importantly, it needs to have springs on the bottom. I've seen such seats on some of the Schwinnesque reissues being sold lately, so this shouldn't be too hard to find, seems to me. My current seat is gel-based, and I'm sure it's heavenly for people about half my size, but at the moment it feels like a concrete post.
For the pedals, I'm thinking that in the world of chopper bikes there's probably a set of especially wide ones being made by someone that I could probably adapt to my bike, but I wouldn't even know where to start looking. To give you an idea, my current set is about 4.5 inches wide - this doesn't seem overly narrow to me, I'm just not built for standard stuff at the moment. I was thinking, alternately, that there might be a way to add a spacer in between the pedals and crankarms to put them an extra 1/2-1 inch out, which would probably be about perfect. I'm still pretty new at this, though, so I really have no idea what's out there, and when I went back to the shop where I got the bike, they seemed to be more amused at the problems I'm having than interested in trying to help me solve them. They were quite clear on the terms, though - anything custom-ordered had to be paid in full ahead of time, with no returns. Thanks guys.
Anyways, even a pointer to a well-supplied online retailer, with full specs for their gear or a helpful staff who answer emails would help at this point. It's not that the bike is unusable, but these two things would greatly enhance my cycling experience, which in turn would help me get off my arse more often and for longer periods. Thanks folk.