I have been commuting 2-5 days a week 10 miles round trip for about 3 months now. I have slimmed down a bit and definitely upped my cardio. I am currently 6'3.5" ~235, and I'd really like to take my midsection down.
I started out on an old road bike that used to belong to my dad. I stripped it down and had it powdercoated and then built it back up with a mix of original/new parts. I was riding fixed at about 70 gear inches. After my first 20 miler on that bike I came to the conclusion that the frame might be a bit small for me (58cm). My arms were killing me from the extreme seat to bar drop. Not to mention that the bike was quite creaky, so it is now being handed down to my wife.
I was surprised when checking out a new bianchi pista at the LBS that they sized me on a 59, but it felt right. I have put off buying something new for now until I sell my car (going down to one car), and I have been riding an older jamis steel frame mountain bike that I bought a while back and never got around to riding. I've stripped off the unnecessary bits, added some slicker tires, and a road saddle. I have been riding it for a week, and while not perfect it will do for now.
Anyone have advice on good new pedals that will fit my clown sized shoes and anything else I can do to make that bike more comfortable until my next bike comes along.
I am thinking an entry/mid level road bike and a custom build up fixed gear for fun.
Thanks in advance.