I have a couple of road bikes that I used to ride until I more or less stopped cycling about 12 years ago. I was between 145 and 150 lbs when I rode them. I started cycling again, much less aggressively, a little over a year ago, using an old second-hand mountain bike that I've been gradually converting to an errand/utility bike. I intend to keep using it for trips to the store, the bakery, etc (10 miles round trip, max), but I was thinking of rewarding myself with a new bike next Spring - probably a hybrid or some sort of "city bike".
But reading one of the other threads got me to thinking. I'm about 210 lbs now, and have been afraid to get on my road bikes for fear of damaging them. Is this a silly fear?
The main bike I'd be riding is a 1996 or 97 Bianchi Eros (can't remember which year - it was the year they brought the production back to Italy). Is this too delicate to take a 210 lb rider? Or have I just been being silly? The other is also a 1990s vintage Specialized Epic (carbon frame, aluminum fork, Spinnergy wheels). Same question. On the Bianchi, would I need to think about upgrading wheels or spokes or something, to handle the extra weight. (It would be wonderful if I could just lose the weight, but that's a separate issue...)