I stopped by the local bike shop after work tonight. I had just about decided a Novara Safari was the bike for me. I was talking to the owner about a bike for my fat self (280 lbs) and he said I wouldn't have a problem with just about anything I wanted to ride. He said he had a great deal on the Giant OCR C1 and sold one to his son who was really big when he started riding again.
Here's the thing, his price on the bike is very good. It's new. I didn't ride it (yet) they were closing. I picked it up and it shocked me how light the bike is. I then got a bad case of the wants for that bike.
So what do you all all think of a bike like that for a clyde like me? I want to eventually commute to work and the more I think about it the more I think I want a road bike, not a touring mountain bike. I could do just a saddle bag for the commute, I don't have to carry anything to the office.
Thanks for any help you can give me.