Hey guys and ladies-
I'm a uber-clyde I reckon, at about 6'3, 320.
I bought a Specialized Sequoia in February of '06, and have always enjoyed the time I've spent on it, though until this year it has been lacking. I decided in January I was going to lose weight. I started out the year at 345 and reached a low of 311 in March. Since then I've fallen off completely, which is why I've gained back some weight. I just got burnt out on the elliptical machine at the gym and lazy workout habits led back into lazy eating habits. Earlier this spring I signed up for the Beyond the Beltway MS ride with some people from work and with my wife, and had trained pretty well over the past 6 weeks and felt great going into my 67 mile ride last Saturday.
The first 21 miles felt great. And then I heard that ::snapTWANG:: and just knew I'd broken a spoke. Waited around, was picked up by a SAG and taken ahead. Waited around for 90 minutes for a LBS repair truck, only to find out the dummy hadn't packed a cassette tool so he couldn't repair my drive-side spoke. He did true up the wheel (minus one spoke) for free, and I rode another 9 miles and coasted into the next rest stop after breaking another spoke. So my ride was done, and I was sorely disappointed.
I have taken that as motivation. I have been doing a ton of reading and talked to my LBS about building some wheels. They have a wheelbuilding class they offer, coming up in a week. The fee of the class seems a bit steep, but its basically only slightly more expensive ($25) than labor costs on a set of wheels, so I'm going to build myself a set of 36h velocity deep v wheels with dt spokes and 105 hubs in a week. And then I'm going to commute to work at least 3 days a week. I might be big, but I'm in decent riding shape because of all of my working out at the beginning of the year. My latest training ride before the MS ride was 41 miles at 17.3mph, so I'm planning 90 minutes to ride the 21 miles to work (18.5 on paved trails, thank goodness). I have a gym membership with a shower to take advantage of, and I think I'll be able to store my bike inside.
So why am I posting? Well, perhaps a bit more motivation. And to say that this has been great reading over the past few days while I've been researching wheels and commuting. I was considering buying a new bike, but I think I'll wait until August or September for some closeouts, and for me to slim down so the new ride gets less abuse. I read someone's comment about buying a bike (directed at a big man) saying "buy something sexy, that you'll want to RIDE!" and immediately think of the Specialized Roubaix or the Tricross- and probably mostly the Tricross. Don't know what it is about that bike, but it revs my engine.
So anyways thats my story. Thanks for reading and support. Any advice or ideas are always welcome.