HI all..anyway I used to pull 125 mile weeks a year and a half ago and dropped weight like melting butter, but in short my mom got sick, and it ended up with us moving across country to be with her, and she just passed away a week ago. All the stress and worry left me not biking at all...and just eating, so now I'm the fattest I've ever been in my life.
I'm 5'10" and 275. Now when I biked before I used a used road bike that I found that fit my estimated needs as closely as possible, but everything else was already ready to go for the most part. I delt with flats and would just fix them and move on, since I just thought that was part of being a heavier cyclist.
Now I'm on the verge of buying my first NEW road bike, and don't know if there are special considerations I need to consider. Do I need a stronger frame? Should I get wider tires, to prevent flats, or are flats and I just bedmates forever? Would skinny tires be fine? Do I need to find a higher spoke count for my wheels? Also another thing I was noticing when I used to bike in a rural part of the country, where there were a lot of hills, I used to dream of the day that I'd have a granny gear, or third front gear...and used to promise myself that when I bought a bike it would have one...but almost every bike I see only have two front gears....Do pros just deal with going up those crazy hills with this, or are there specific models with the extra gear?
Thanks in advance for any help you can give.