Haven't been around the forum in a while. My wife and I had a baby in 2011 and that pretty much put the brakes (heh) on my bike commuting (about 15 miles round-trip through downtown Chicago).
Little junior is going into daycare now and I want to start riding again so I dropped off my Cannondale Adventure 5 at the shop for a tuneup and repairs of any little things that needed attention. I bought it back in 2009 and had some modifications to handle someone of my size (had the wheels replaced with stronger handmade ones).
Turns out, my back wheel needs replacement, the gear shifter is broken, my bicycle computer is broken, need a new chain, need new brake pads and the saddle needs to be replaced. The repair quote I got was for $380 on a $600 bike. Naturally, I freaked and told the repair guy I should probably just buy a new bike. He asked if I wanted some time to think it over and I said yes.
Once he planted the seed, I started to warm up to it. I've never loved the bike (secretly wishing I was 'light' enough for a street bike or a touring bike). Plus, this one is clearly not sturdy enough to handle my size (~285lbs).
This morning though, I kind backtracked and decided I was better off with the devil I knew as opposed to what mysterious problems would lay ahead on a new bike. I called him to go ahead with the repairs and he said, "actually, I wouldn't do that. This bike is dead." I was floored. He then mentioned the Scott Sub or a Mountain bike with street rated wheels as a potential replacement, considering my size.
So, after that long narrative, the question I humbly submit to the Clydesdale and Athena forum, is this guy right? Not about the replacing the bike (pretty sure I'm going to) but would a Scott Sub be better? Or are there touring bikes that can handle my size (285 lbs) and terrain (somewhat rocky city streets)?