Hi - I have been training for the Pan Mass (early August - 192 miles over two days) been training on my 1970's 'vintage' Univega until the frame bent by the rear derailleur while riding up a hill on Sunday - it is trash; bummer.
I have done 45 miles in one day and about 80 miles a week, and am chomping at the bit to get my new bike and roll.
I have been spending more time than I should trying to make a decision and was not planning on the cost of a new bike, but such is life. After going to all my LBS and REI I believe I should get a steel frame - considering Fuji Touring Bike ($800) or a Jamis Satallite ($600)
Big issue is at 6' 300# which would be the better bike/value - would I be better off with the bigger and I assume?? stronger rims and tires on the Fuji (Rims Fuji Double Wall Aluminum, 36H, Black CNC sidewall
Tires Vittoria- Adventure Touring, 700 x 32c )
or would the rims and tires on the Jamis be adequate -
Wheels ( Alex AKX R1.0 wheelset, 28H radial front/ 32H 3X rear,
sealed alloy hubs 14g stainless steel spokes
Vittoria Zaffiro, 700 x 23c )
Thanks for your input! I want to make a quick decision - unless you have another suggestion.