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Old 07-22-20, 09:23 PM
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Big rider on old bike

Hi all,

I am looking to pick up a used road-ish type bike for under $60 bucks to use for weight loss. Iím 6í2Ē 315 pounds, Im going to look at an old Viscount bike next week, Iím new so I canít post photos but itís in my gallery. At my weight Iím a little concerned if the old bike can hold up to me. I should note I am aware on old Viscount bikes about the ďdeath forkĒ Iím making another post about that. What can I do in general to sure up an old bike for me? I have a Diamondback mountain bike that I know will hold me but I really want something ďsportierĒ. I went for a hard ride the other day and it left me wanting something different. Despite my poor condition I can still move along pretty fast on a bike and cover some ground so I want to embrace that if I can.

Thoughts?
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Old 07-23-20, 11:08 AM
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Personally, I think looking for a $60 bike for anyone is a dice roll, let alone one for a bigger rider. Give it a shot but be careful. I'm not sure what I would recommend for upgrades to strengthen the bike because I'm not sure it will be worth it. Which doesn't mean that you can't have fun with the bike. Just accept that with a cheap old bike you're taking a risk. Anyways, I hope it works out for you.
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Old 07-28-20, 11:20 PM
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cheap old bikes

cdub79w all I ride is cheap old bicycles. My present Nishiki Sebring cost $105. $35 for the frame and all the components and $70 for the undamaged Kabuki front fork. That was just the start. About $375 in two wheel sets and several hundred dollars in replacing everything else on the bike. I wanted a bike to carry 280#'s safely, reliably and comfortably. Just be aware at our weights and in my case height the bill will grow as you make your bike a reliable Clyde hauler. Most older name brand steel frame road and MTB bikes will hold up to hauling your weight. That said you will probably have to change the freewheel rear wheel for a cassette wheel. The cassette axle design is much less prone to bending under our weights. Good luck on your bicycling journey.
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