360 pounder, long torso seeking touring bike or similar
Guys, I have been lurking for a few days here and I have to say that I am more impressed with this forum than any other I have read on any other topic! Great supportive community here.
Anyway, I am 360 pounds or so, 6'5", and a freshly measured 34.5" inseam. My torso is long--it's a ***** to find shirts that fit right, etc. My current bike is a Trek Navigator 200 town bike, 21.5". The first year I put about a 1000 miles on that thing commuting, but I fell off the wagon. I've been doing some commuting and it feels good, but it's very upright.
So, I am thinking about training up to ride centuries next spring and RAGBRAI in a year or so.
I know that I really need something a bit more efficient for these long rides.
I am struck by the touring bikes, but I can't quite figure out what to do about my longer torso.
My budget is open for the "right bike". I am even considering stealing my wife's RANS Stratus XL bent.
Any help, suggestions, etc.?