karma is my higher power
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lost In Middle America
Bikes: 2008 Sequoia Elite, '84 Trek 620, '84 Shovelhead
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Whats a good step up from a Giant Sedona?
I have been doing tons of research and finally decided I would like some input from actual riders in my size class. I am 6' 306 lbs (down from 348) and have been riding a Sedona DX in a 19" size. I love the comfort of this bike as I have damaged discs in my neck and lower back as well as a damaged right knee. I have over 700 miles on the bike and plan on keeping it. It goes well in my Giant trainer for bad weather workouts.
So of course now that I am doing 20-30 mile rides averaging 16-17 mph I am thinking about a faster/lighter bike. The major issue is that I am new to the bicycle world and do not have a good idea of how to interpret a bikes geometry. I know I will have a lot of people telling me to ride the bikes to figure it out but I am Lost In Middle America and do not have the luxury of many bike shops in my area. So what I am trying to do is narrow my selection down some so I can locate shops and drive (likely 1-2hrs) to test ride something that has more potential to be what I am looking for.
So, what am I looking for? Well I would like an upright riding position similar to the Sedona but with the ability to later add drop bars if I get to a point where the pain allows me to ride a more aggressive position. I know to go from flats to drops includes shifters/brakes/$ but I am ok with that if I can find a bike I like to ride as a flat bar I will worry about the drop option later. I would like to have the ability to use 700 x 32 to maybe 38 tire range. I am planning on investing in a set of Velocity Deep V's unless I find a bike that has wheels that will hold up well to my size. I figure if it comes with something to light I could maybe get a price reduction for buying it without them or keep them for later when I am smaller, or Flea bay them. As far as gearing, brakes, components I am open to suggestions and opinions. My main focus is the ability to ride comfortably, a bit more speed and a bit lighter bike than the 37lbs the Sedona is. I figure if I get that right then I can upgrade stuff as it wears out.
Here are some bikes I have considered but am not sure which have the geometry for a comfortable riding position like I want. Anyone that owns one of these please give me your thoughts and any suggestions that might help me to make an informed choice on which ones to test ride. Any other bikes I should be considering? I ride mostly flat roads in the country.
Price range is in the 600-800 range.
Fuji Absolute 2.0
Gary Fisher Monona
Kona Dew, Dr dew, Dew Deluxe
Trek 7.5 FX
Cannondale Quick or Road Warrior
So there it is, my new bike blather. Any and all help would be appreciated greatly.