I live 7.2 miles from where I work and was rebuilding my life, so no car. I was walking to work everyday until my son took me to Wal-Mart and said I was getting a bike. I picked out a Kent 26 Bayside 7-speed cruiser. I am 5ft 9in tall, 225 lbs and generally a big stocky guy. Aside from taking a turn too fast in the middle of the night, and having to carry the bike 4 miles home, I have not had too much trouble, but the bike is no longer shifting to all the gears, and when in the highest gear, 7th, the chain slides off the front cog.
I made some adjustments, not knowing what the adjustments actually did, and the derailleur ripped off the hanger. No damage to chain or cogs, but when I replaced the derailleur, it does the same thing as the first one did. The guys at the bike shop said I am using the wrong bike because the trails I have to take to get to work are more mountain bike trails.
I guess, the heart of my question is, with proper maintainence and adjustment, can this bike carry me or do I really have to get another bike? I have no clue why the chain comes off the front cog when the bike is in the higher gears, it did not used to do that, but I do know I am hard on the thing.