No weenie bikes here!
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Midland, MI
Bikes: Rans Velocity Squared
Backroads Cannondales, and others under consideration
I am looking for your opinions on a couple of bike choices that I am looking at. I am 5'9", shorter legs, longer torso (inseam of 28-29"). My weight is 260 (pounds). I am looking to get onto a road bike, but my budget is limited (under $600.00).
The first set of bikes I am looking at are some that are available on Ebay right now. They are old touring bikes from the Backroads touring company. These are Cannondales of various types, but the one I'm really looking at is this one:
The eBay listing is here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
My concern with the Cannondales is the stem. For some reason, I seem to remember that their stems are proprietary, due to their Headshok systems. If any of you can shed some light on these, I would appreciate it. I've done various Yahoo and Google searches using a multitude of phrases, but have not been able to come up with specs on the stem requirements.
I'm also looking at some "vintage" Schwinns. I like the look of them, but I know that some models are just "cheap," while others are really worth looking at. Trouble is, I'm not familiar enough with their models to know which might be worth looking at. If any of you are riding some vintage Schwinns, or other older steel frames, I would appreciate your input based upon your experience as well.
Lastly, I am looking at some bikes on the BD site. Yes, I know that some of you really don't like the Internet sales model (BD in particular). However, I've read enough posts from people here that have had good experiences with BD that they are worthy of my consideration. The one I am really looking at is the Windsor Tourist.
I do not want a flat bar bike, though I would consider them with the idea of putting a North Road bar on it.
So, with that, I'm looking forward to your input. Thank you for your consideration!