Let me preface this by saying I'm nearly 6'5'' and I weigh somewhere around 150kgs (330lbs). I have, however, been dieting for the past 5 weeks and I'm losing a steady amount of weight. My current regime of walking/jogging has proven to be almost unbearably boring, so I've decided to get a bike.
I had a look around online and found a nice looking bike (2013 Specialized Hardrock 26 Disc) that was within my price-range). This was all well and good and I was very excited to get riding again, but I decided that because I haven't ridden a bike since I was 30kg (66lb) lighter it was best I made sure that I could still actually mount a bike and pedal with at least a level of stamina that could move me around in a somewhat timely manner.
I pulled my older brothers cheap PoS Target bike out of the shed and decided to give it a test spin. I rolled around for a couple of minutes and everything was fine and dandy. I gathered up the confidence to gain a bit of speed, so I stood up and started pushing, when - SNAP! The right pedal had come off and my testicular region connected with the saddle in quite a painful way. The threadings on the pedal and its hole in the crank-arm were contorted to a smooth surface, BUT, I will say that I think the pedals may have been loose to begin with, or at least improperly installed.
So basically what I'm trying to say here is I've lost all faith in the strength of bicycles and I'm very worried that if I purchase the Specialized bike I mentioned before and something similar happens the injuries incurred could be much worse. And I guess the question I'm asking is - can the 2013 Specialized Hardrock 26 Disc handle my great monstrosity of a body?
Thanks in advance