I've just come across this excellent forum after searching the intenret in search of a new bike.
I'm well and truly into the clyde category, and I think its awesome that there is a forum dedicated to larger than average riders!
I've just booked a holiday to go to Florida (I'm based in London, UK) and I want to be in the best shape possible for my holiday. It's in May,so have about 12-13 weeks to get into shape.
I'm currently 320 or so, and would love to lose maybe 25lbs before I go away, if not losing weight, then changing my shape drmatically.
I've always loved road bikes, but never thought they would be able to sustain my ample proportions, but it looks like I was wrong!
I've found a Surly Cross Check on eBay, but being a total newbie, I'm not sure whether or not the spec is much. Here is the AD:
She's a 58cm C-T and is equipped with campagnolo veloce running gear, campagnolo khamsin wheels and avid shorty 4 cantilevers. Meticulously maintained she's in fine condition.
The thing I noticed straight off of the bat is the wheels are only 24 spoke, so if I decide to put in a bid, I will replace these with 36+ spoke wheels straight away.
Litespeed Liege, Motorola Team Issue Eddy Mercxk, Surly Crosscheck Cyclocross bike, Fisher Supercaliber Mtn. Bike
I have a cross check and it is a great bike, very smooth ride and will be more than sturdy enough for you.. Make sure you follow the rule of buying 1 size smaller than normal.. I ride a 60cm road bike but a 58cm crosscheck fits the same.. The crosscheck is designed to have a higher bb so that is why you need a smaller frame..
The best part of the crosscheck is that you can use 130 or 135mm hubsets, since the rear triangle is 132.5.. I built up a set of touring wheels with XT hubs / 36 hole open pro wheels for a very sturdy wheelset for offroad and light touring..
I would definitely not use the khamsin wheelset that comes with the bike, they would not be robust enough for you.. I would check and see if the bike is campy 9 or 10 speed? It is easily worth 400 sterling as it is built.
I have the same inseam length as you and ride a 58cm and it is a spot on fit..