I have been looking around on the net for bike parts and have found that they are very expensive. I have found this forum and have read around some and have found that most people that post on this forum don't have much regard for the bikes that walmart sells. I can understand that being that most of you are serious riders with a lot of skill and are very knowledgeable about your sport.
That being said I value the opinion of those who have posted and hold the walmart bikes as low quality.
My question is this. I am obese and have alot of trouble trying to exercise I have numerous medical conditions that have contributed to my weight gain. I am also very tired of being this big. I am 375lbs and I do not want to go as high as 400lbs. I want to try and loose as much as I can and be able to live a normal life. My weight has become a burden that I can not live with anymore.
I have tried walking but I have back problems and can't walk to far without having to stop because of severe pain in my back. Also my left leg goes complete numb.
I know that this forum is not to bore everyone with their problems but I am just trying to give you an idea of where I am coming from.
I am also among all these other things unemployed I work from job to job. Never knowing where my next dollar is going to come from. I think that this is partially due to my size as people don't want to hire large people for various reasons. So if I could do something about my appearance it would improve my quality of life in numerous ways.
I have found though that I have a hard time riding a regular bike as the seat really breaks your but lol
I have been looking into building a recumbent bike or maybe a trike but bike parts on the Internet is prohibitably expensive for me. I don't need the lightest and the fastest. I just need something that works.
I guess the question I am trying to pose is where can I find cheap but functional bike parts? With the affordability of the bikes that you find at walmart. I mean if they can sell a mountain bike for 50 to 75 bucks where can you find the wheels that they use for these cheap bikes it would have to be less than the whole bike costs. Or brakes etc. etc. All I can find is the high dollar high performance stuff.
I have the nessasary skills to build a bike from scratch as I have a lot of experiance with metal fab. I was also even thinking about putting a motor on this bike that I am trying to build just for the added security of being able to get back home easily if I get in trouble at least until I get in good enough shape not to need it as a safety net.
Again I apologize for my lengthy explanation of my situation. I am doing my best and am determined to change my situation in life. Any help any of you could give me on parts or even design would be greatly appreciated.