Amazingly enough my wife has given me the green light to purchase a new road bike. This will be my first road bike. I currently have a 2003 Trek Navigator Hybrid.
Here are some of my stats:
- 5'11" tall
- Currently 293 pounds and falling
My budget is around $1500
My goal is longer rides. My limit currently is about 30 to 35 miles on the Navigator. I'm leaning towards a performance road bike rather than a touring bike.
I visited two local stores today and test rode a Jamis Satellite and a Specialized Allez. Out of the two the Allez seemed more comfortable to me and easier to ride but do the components of the Allez Comp along with carbon stays make it worth an extra $700 over the Allez Sport?
I'm going tomorrow to test ride a Giant Defy 1.
Is there a Trek road bike around $1500 I should look at as well? Are there any other brands I should consider?
Both shops didn't blink an eye when I told them my weight. Amazing enough the skinny little tires didn't explode either. I could definitely tell a different between the road bike and my Navigator.
Any other advice would be greatly appreciated including which pedal style/brand to look at as well as shoes.