Howdy folks. I been lurking the boards and this forum for awhile now, and figured it was time to come out into the open. I'm from Houston and have been on and off the bike in the past year. I fundraise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. This is my second season to participate with TNT, and hope to raise enough funds to participate in the America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe in June.
I definitely fit the mold of a Clydesdale being about 5' 9" 340-350lbs. I hope I'm not heavier then that LOL! Right now I'm riding a Marin San Rafael hybrid, but may soon own a road bike. One of the many local bike shops seems to have a great deal on a road bike, but I'm trying to do a little research before I part with my hard earned cash. This LBS has a Raleigh Cadent 3.0 for $999(normal retail of $1299) and they are throwing in $150 of gear. Some Gloves, shoes, a pair of cycling socks and a computer. Do any of you have any opinions about Raliegh Bikes and this bike in particular. The spec are in the link. http://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?deptid=4&itemid=267
I already know that most likely I will have to upgrade my wheels to handle my weight. The bike shop didn't seem to want to upgrade the wheels for the difference in price between stock wheels and an upgrade. I've been advise by one of my coaches that a 36 hole Mavic Open Pro would be great for me. I've seen them listed at Performance Bike for $199-$210. Anyone have any experience buying wheels from them? Do you know if the wheels bought from PB are hand built? Any other suggestions for good wheels at a decent price?
Welcome out of the cold and in to a nice warm place I like to call my electronic home away form home. Never purchased wheels from Performance, but there are quite a few places where you can get some good hand build wheels. One of the folks in out forum has a signature that take you to a wealth of info on all sorts of subjects. His screen name is Air. http://www.bikeforums.net/members/air-56986.html
I don't know much about Raleigh, but with all the extras they're throwing in, I can see why they wouldn't want to throw another bone with the wheels. Having two sets of wheels is a good thing though. I hate missing rides for mechanical problems.
Another thing I'd think about is the brakes. I've got tektro's on my beater bike, and they aren't the best brakes out there. It might be the adjustment, pads or something else, but I've got cantilever's on my normal ride, and they have much more stopping power.
Good luck with the ride and fundraising. I'm signed up for the Solvang, CA ride which is in 3 weeks, d'oh! The 75 mile training ride yesterday put a nice hurting on me