I started cyling last year. Started out around 283lbs now at 251. I am 6'2" lift wieghts and run also so for 251 I am pretty solid (former college football player so I have that type of build)
I purchased a Specialized crosstrail last year and have really enjoyed this form of fitness! I was a bit unsure of what type of terrain i would most enjoy riding so i purchased the crosstrail. Since then I have swapped out the tires for a more road friendly version and have been strictly a road rider. My rides are around the 20-25 mile range but looking to increase those numbers on the weekends. It is very hilly where I live and I am looking to purchase a road bike for $900-$1200 range.
Since I am familiar with Specialized I have looked at the Allez Triple (I am thinking of a triple because of the hills in my area) Also I found a new 2008 Speciallized Roubiax Tripple for $1299 I have considered.
Any other suggestions or thoughts on these bikes?