Join Date: May 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes: Trek 7500 Multi Track
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Another new Clyde member looking for a bike.
Hello from a relatively new bicycle rider, and a brand new member. I am in early 40's, 275 lbs and 6'-3". Have been riding about 40 to 50 miles a week for about a year or so and want to increase rides and miles. Main goal is to get in better shape, and lose weight. Here is my issue. I have a Trek 7500 hybrid that I truly love, and have never had any problem on it. I can ride it for 50 miles up and down canyons ( slow up, and fast down ), and am not in pain, however I am being told to step up to a real road bike. I don't race, and only ride on paved roads, some of which have some potholes. I want to spend no more than $2k and want to pick the right bike. My local bike shops all tell me that my size doesn't matter at all, and I get a different sales pitch every store I go into. I would prefer to buy a bike built, not to build it myself. Will a road bike really work better for me, or am I just wasting my money, as I said, I have no problems with my Trek 7500. I just want to ride twice a week for about 50-75 miles each ride.
Sorry to ask what has probably been asked a million times.
I appreciate any input that you may have on if a road bike would be better for me, and if so, what manufacturer or model will hold up with me. If you think the Trek is about as good as it will get, should I upgrade rims and hubs?
Thanks again for any input.