Looking for advice on a new bike
Hey, all. I originally came here after surfing the net for a while looking at sites to build bikes. Then the weight factor came into play and I realized I need to do more research before making a purchase. I weigh in at 220 lbs and stand at 5'10". I'm a big, broad-shouldered dude who works out every week and I'm looking to get into biking as a way to build muscle, trim off a little and have fun.
I used to dirt jump on an old Mongoose years ago and for a while I've been itching to get a road bike of some sort, since I have an asphalt bike path near my house that goes all through Florida. I'm big on speed. I like to go fast and see how long I can endure and I've got the leg power to do it. I was toying around building bikes on Mission Bicycle
and I like what they have to offer but I couldn't find anything regarding weight limits, etc. I'm sure their support crew could help me out but I wanted to consult some long-time riders to see what else is out there. Plus a lot of the new parts and brands these days are foreign to me, so it's hard to determine which ones to trust and which to avoid.
What do you recommend? I'm willing to spend up to $800 or so, or maybe even more depending on what's available. I'm sure it's much easier for you smaller people out there, but us Clydesdales and Athenas have our work cut out for us. I'd hate to buy the wrong thing and have a wheel taco on the first day or something.
Thanks in advance for any advice you guys and ladies can provide.
Last edited by daryn; 06-16-10 at 11:18 PM.