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Old 07-02-14, 02:54 PM
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New Biker want to help?

I am a 400lb guy and I am looking/thinking about buying a new bike. The last bike I bought turned out to be a bit of a mistake and constantly got flats. Any suggestions on a good bike that won't get crushed by me?
I have broken 2 huffy bike frames in ways that surprise most people. My trek 8.4ds gets flats all the time. The frame seems to be holding up for now but I have had it 2 year and I am thinking about buying a new bike.
Any help is appreciated.
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Old 07-02-14, 02:57 PM
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Flats are part of riding...150 on the road for me.
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Old 07-02-14, 04:05 PM
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The 8.4 DS is a fine bike. You need to figure out the source of the flats. Punctures? Pinch flats? Rim tape slipped exposing a spoke end to the tube?

Check the rims to make sure the rim tape is good. If it isn't, fix it or get new rim tape. Second, check the tires to make sure some tiny foreign object isn't embedded in the tire. Third, make sure you pump the tires up to the maximum pressure listed on the sidewall every time you ride.

Finally, if you do all those things and still get lots of flats, get some tires with better puncture protection. I use Panaracer Ribmos and they work pretty well. (not perfect as I have had 2 flats in 2 years). Anyhow, there are lots of good options for tires.
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Old 07-02-14, 04:15 PM
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Mountain Bike with lots of spokes, 36. As has been said before, you should try to find out why you are bothered with lots of flats. There are a variety of possibilities. If tire pressure is low, for example you could be getting a flat when the rim hits the ground during a bump.
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Old 07-02-14, 06:06 PM
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Welcome to BF! If I was in your situation, I’d throw however much $ it might take into the most robust tires, tubes and rim tape (for your particular kind of situation) that I could find through exhaustive research. Good luck with it.
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