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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-22-07, 11:57 AM   #1
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Which bike

From the newbie, name should not be confused with doing a ironman event but stuck from rockcrawling jeep.

I currently commute 15 miles each way on an old Trek 930 single track. The ride is winning, so I am considering investing into a new bicycle. The current front runner is a K2 Mod 5.. I have two questions. How much easier will the commute be on a road bike? Is the K2 a good bicycle?

A little more info on me. I would like to join a club and build up to a hundred mile ride. I am 50 yrs young and lost 120 lbs over the last year and a half. I started riding my bicycle for health reasons and to help keep the weight off.

Thanks for any comments in advance (both pro and con)
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Old 04-23-07, 12:24 AM   #2
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What kind of commute is it? There are some trails/roads that would be brutal on a road bike, especially an aluminum bike like the K2. Also, coming from a mountain bike, you might find that the position on a classic road bike is uncomfortable. Some companies ofter a relaxed road bike or a flat bar road bike.

Test riding a few bikes on your commute would help you get a feel for what you're buying into.

If you decide on a road bike what is your budget? A cheap solution might involve slapping some slick tires on your old mountain bike.

Congrats on dropping the weight!
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