Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: San Jose, CA
Bikes: 1980s and 1990s steel: CyclePro, Nishiki, Schwinn, SR, Trek........
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Originally Posted by Homeyba
A Worksman? He's way to light for a Worksman plus he probably doesn't plan to spend his time riding around a factory.
At 330 just about any ol bike will work. Just have a good mechanic tension the wheels properly.
+1 look for 36 (or 40) spokes in the rear wheel, get the spokes re-tensioned (to HIGH tension) and stress relieved. Make sure that they are good quality stainless steel spokes like Wheelsmith, DT Swiss, etc.
I am about the same wieght, and since building my own wheels have had only one spoke failure - due to a burr in a spoke hole of the hub. Failed very quickly after the wheel build - less than 20 miles. I have some wheels with over 5K miles on them and no issues.
I prefer Cro-Mo frames. Don't know your budget; but a touring bike is good for riding around the neighborhood, commuting and touring. In the USA, Nashbar and Bikes Direct have touring bikes around $700- both required knowledgeable set up. In bike shops, Raliegh, Trek, etc have similar bikes for around $1200- and the shop takes care of the set up.