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New rider - 371lbs

Old 03-27-23, 03:16 PM
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New rider - 371lbs

Iím a new rider (or want to be). I havenít ridden a bike since high school, but I think it may be a good exercise option for me and would make me get out more. Iím looking for a cruiser that can carry my weight. I really like the bikes SixThreeZero makes (specifically their trike) but Iíve been told the wheels canít support above 300lbs. They suggested I could look for reinforced wheels, but I have no idea how to do that. How do I figure out what kind of wheels Iíd need? Iím totally clueless about all of this, but my husband and I would really like to be able to take leisurely rides. My budget isnít hugeÖ maybe $500?
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You might look at Worksman They aren't in your price range but you may be able to find used.
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I ride a $1000+ steel touring bike at 350+.
To be honest, I'd just grab that trike and go for it.
Don't ride it 20mph downhill. Ride it gently. I doubt the frame will fail catastrophically.

But at 350+ pounds, the wheels will have a shelf life, the drivetrain, the tires, the saddle, even the frame. It is what it is. Consider expanding the budget to maintain your comfort level (gloves, shorts) and fix failures after purchase. Seats and wheels will fail, so replace them if they do.

The elephant in the room is that at 350+ shelf life of the body is a valid concern as well so we have to balance priorities, and even if your butt and hands hurt, pushing through an initial discomfort period makes cycling a great joint-friendly and fun activity.
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early last summer met a guy that lost 145 lbs

reduced calories significantly and bought an E bike
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