I posted this is the road cycling forum but all of my concerns i think would fit better in this forum. sorry for the double post.
Hey guys I am going to be purchasing my first road bike and would like some help. I went to my local bike shop and spoke to the owner. He recomended the Lemond Reno for me and my budget. He looked at me and said that I have shorter legs and a longer torso so a Lemond bike would fit me better. Is this true? I am about 6' maybe 6'1". He said my frame size would be like 55 or 57 but he would have to measure me to be sure. He seemed very experienced and I know nothing but from what i have been reading other people are at 58 or 60cm frame sizes for the same height. Is the Lemond a bigger frame?
1. Wheels? - Now here are my main concerns. I am a big guy. I weigh about 270lbs. I was looking at getting a leftover if they have my size still and if not getting the newer one. Now from 2006 to 2007 they made some changes. As far as I can tell it looks like just the wheels have been changed. Are they now better or worse? For wheels I am looking for durability over performance right now. I asked him about wheels and he said just because some have less spokes doesnt mean they are weaker. Do these new wheels on the 2007 seem stronger even if they have less spokes?
2. Triple or double? - Also for the leftover bikes he said they only have triples and he really recomended a double for easier maintenance and better shifting. He said he could swap out the triple for a double if i wanted on the 06' also but what is better. I dont think i will be doing any large hills. (I ride on long island. Not sure of how hilly many of the ride spots are).
3. Tires - I should be fine on a 700x25 tire right? He said that you probably cant fit something bigger then a 25. Is that going to be okay for me?
4. Any other recomendations? - I am not concerned with the brand. I just want the cheapest bike that is in the tiagra and higher groupset. No sora shifters.
Thanks for any help you can provide!!!!!