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6'1" 450lbs info needed for women's bike

Old 07-21-20, 07:33 PM
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6'1" 450lbs info needed for women's bike

I am looking to get something put together for my wife to ride. I had discussed it some in another thread but decided to start one just for this.
My wife has a bad hip so getting her leg over a men's but would be to much trouble so she needs to have a step thru bike.
I did pick up a bike for her recently that I am just not sure if it will be a good fit for her or not.
It is a Nishiki Backroads 26" bike. Here are some measurements from the bike:
The frame appears to be a Large with almost a 19.5 inch seat tube height, wheelbase is 43 inches, top tube at 21 1/2 inches from seat post to the handlebar stem. Tires are 50-559 26x1.90 ( I think a little wider would be better).
It has a straight handlebar with a 7/8" quill threaded stem (it has the hole thru it for the front brake cable) that pushed forward about 3". She would like Beach Cruiser style handlebars. and I think it will need to make changes to the stem to raise it and push the handlebars forward because there just is not much reach while seated.
I have NOS shifters and cables (SunTour 5000 not installed yet) and if I make any changes to the handlebars will need to replace the brake cables and find a front cable hanger for the cantilever brakes.

I am looking for any and ideas on what to do as far as fixing this up for her or looking for something else.
Thanks in advance

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Before you start upgrading, you need to make sure that your wife is able to get on that bike. The bike is not a step through frame per se and may present a problem for her depending on her flexibility. Something like the Biria Easy Board https://biria.com/series/easy-boarding might be more appropriate. I believe Sun makes a similar bike. Just my two cents.

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Originally Posted by pinsonp2 View Post
Before you start upgrading, you need to make sure that your wife is able to get on that bike. The bike is not a step through frame per se and may present a problem for her depending on her flexibility. Something like the Biria Easy Board https://biria.com/series/easy-boarding might be more appropriate. I believe Sun makes a similar bike. Just my two cents.

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I looked at that bike and they have 1 model that may be tall enough but I need to find out more info as weight limit and such. They don't have alot of info online.
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Originally Posted by pinsonp2 View Post
Before you start upgrading, you need to make sure that your wife is able to get on that bike. The bike is not a step through frame per se and may present a problem for her depending on her flexibility. Something like the Biria Easy Board https://biria.com/series/easy-boarding might be more appropriate. I believe Sun makes a similar bike. Just my two cents.

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If I may second this thought. My wife has poor flexibility, and only rides a "womens" bike indoors. But that also proves difficult to get on and off for her some days. 3 years ago she fell getting off it, yes, a stationary bike, and broke her left ankle in the process. So if her flexibility is compromised, that could be a problem.
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Originally Posted by zjrog View Post
If I may second this thought. My wife has poor flexibility, and only rides a "womens" bike indoors. But that also proves difficult to get on and off for her some days. 3 years ago she fell getting off it, yes, a stationary bike, and broke her left ankle in the process. So if her flexibility is compromised, that could be a problem.
I agree 100%. It scares me thinking about it but she feels left out when I take our grand daughter riding and really wants to try. So all I can do is support her and get her setup the best ways that I can.
I have ordered all the parts to get this bike together to make it as easy and safe as possible and go from there.
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