Been lurking the past few weeks and making my first post. Last fall I somehow got mixed up with a crowd that goes on rides regularly, and I really loved joining them even though I was terribly out of shape and riding an old Wal-Mart mountain bike on paved trails with them for 20-30 mile rides. OUCH.
So before spring broke I knew I needed a lighter bike that had pavement-friendly tires and didn't have that energy-sapping suspension. That's all I really knew...after being totally overwhelmed by the considerations at multiple LBS', ended up with a 19.5 Men's Jamis Coda, it felt good on a test ride, and was within my budget.
1. Given that it's too late now to really ask if that bike is appropriate for my weight (I'm 6', 235) Are there stock parts I should replace...namely tires/tubes/rims?
2. The bike rides faster than my other bike...which is great for riding with my friends, not so great for riding with my son, which I do more often. I don't like the idea of him sitting in a trailer. Is a trail-a-bike something I should/could consider, or are there dangers/drawbacks? He has a 16" Raleigh, could possibly use one of those tow bars?
If I can get a good solution for riding with the kiddo, I will put a lot more miles on the bike more regularly, and be ready for those longer rides really soon!
Thanks for your tolerance of my learning curve