I joined this forum about a week ago. I guess I'm a Clyde.. 5'9, 325. I bought a Trek 3500 last summer with intentions of riding a local state trail that's crushed limestone. Within two rides I found that to be really boring, so now I'm mostly riding city and country roads. I didn't really ride much last year because of butt pain, but I committed myself to riding this year and the pain has been mostly fixed with a Serfas gel seat and iZumi riding shorts. I might have to check on the utter butter type products.
I've been averaging about 25 miles per week, and last Saturday I decided to do a 50 mile benefit ride (www.ridefornature.com). From what I've read in posts prior to the ride, I gather that people would not have recommended that I do the ride, but I was pretty confident I could pull it off. Obviously with my size, lack of build up, and the type of bike I'm riding it, was going to be a slow effort. I completed in 4:31:03. Here's some info for anyone interested: http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/139517779
I'm already thinking about ditching the 3500 for a road bike. From what I've read, people don't really have many good things to say about the 3500, and since I'm looking to road ride it's not the right bike for that application. How much of a difference will I see if I were to switch to a road tire? Obviously replacing the bike is the best option, but will making the switch be worth the price? What sort of tires would you recommend? Bontrager's website tells me I should go with the H2 26. Is that a decent tire? I'd be riding paved roads that ranged anywhere from excellent to ok. The country roads tend to have some pea gravel at the intersections.