I have been trying to buy a new bike on and off for over a year now. The more I look and learn the harder the decision gets. I would greatly appreciate some opinions and guidance on what kind of brand new bike I should get.
I am a 5í 10Ē 42 year old Uber Clyde weighing in at 318lbs. I have regained 78 of the 120lbs I lost 18 months ago. (Done that at least 4 times.) What is different this time around is despite a motorcycle accident and then 2 different ankle injuries I have managed to stay active and committed to weight training. I canít run anymore and my back sometimes prohibits me from some activities. I was set on the Trek 7.3FX last year but the 20Ē was a shy to tall and the 17.5 to short. If it came in a 19 I would be riding it now. I have test ridden many bikes and bike styles and it only seems to make me more indecisive. I have a small collection of wrong bike purchases. Test riding just isnít working for me. I seem to need a few riding weeks with each to know for sure.
Bikes in order of consideration: (Descending order)
Specialized Sequoia http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=39270 I thought this was perfect but I donít want to spend all this money and still have to change wheels and seat post. (Again weight)
Trek 1.2 http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/road/1_series/12/ I really want a road but I fear my weight and back may preclude the style.
Trek Valencia http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ncia/valencia/ very cool but not a fan of the straight bar.
I look forwarded to start riding again.