I've been researching bikes for the past 2 months with the intent of commuting to work. I got a little too into the research side of things (every possible component, every possible wheel, every possible frame) and finally realized that I should stop worrying about all the details, get something reliable and jump on the bike! Yesterday I stopped off at one of (the many) local bike stores and they had a Long Haul Trucker that fit me _perfectly_ (after a minor seat and handlebar adjustment). I ended up pulling the trigger and am getting ready for my first commute on Monday (the shop is adding another set of brake levers, pannier rack, and fenders which will be done on Friday). Every day for the past month I've walked out of work and have wanted to jump on a bike and go riding so hopefully this will fill the need :-). I am currently 6'1, 277lbs but have been going to the gym twice a week for the past few months. I think the leg muscles will be OK... not so sure about the butt (8.5 mile commute in each direction).
- I have a huge melon head (8.5 hat size). The Giro Zen just fits my head (at the full adjustment extension). Are there any cheaper helmets that might fit?
- The seat that comes with the bike seems pretty cheap. I'm considering a Brooks saddle. Should I break in my butt before trying to break in the Brooks?
- I went with some wide platform MTB pedals (Wellgo) and may go clipless down the road. The pedals appear very beefy... will they hold up?
Don't worry, pics of the bike will be up once I get it all outfitted!