Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Specialized Hybrid
Wheelin and Dealin'
OK, so after 3 1/2 weeks I am now at just over 300, 304 this morning, with a ride in 100+ heat index is coming up.
Went to highly recommend "kinda" LBS (35 miles) several weeks ago. I told the owner that I had read that most frames were for folks 220-250 and that based on my weight my readings indicated I should get some sort of sturdy MTB, rigged for the road.
But I said I did not know, what did he think. That is why I was there, for his expertise and advise.
He did not like the MTB idea and steered me to a Trek FX 7.5. This was primarily due to the wheels, Bontrager SSR, which are double, or something like that, and very strong.
This all made pretty good sense, but I was disappointed that Ihad to go to the TREK 7.5 to get the stronger wheels.
I am NEVER gonna be a speed merchant, I just want to ride long and comfortably, and at my weight, worry about a couple of pounds on the bike is ludicrous.
Please understand, I am not questioning his assessment, just possibly his solution.
Do I have to go to $900+ to get the strength in wheels of the 7.5?
If not, what is a good option?
Do you you have a contrary assessment to the opinion that my only real worry, at or near 300lbs is the wheels.
I went to the LBS for their expertise, I guess I am a little suspicious of the rather (in my world) expensive, first suggestion. I prefer to be offered less and let me up-sell myself (which I routinely do). But, if there are not stronger wheel alternatives, at a lower price, I guess he was spot on.