Overweight and returning to cycling. Buy high or mid end bike?
First time poster, please be gentle :).
Former hard core road rider (200+ miles per week) who fell prey to overwork and medical issues. Haven't seriously ridden in about 7 years...and want to start cranking it up again. Before I stopped riding, I was getting read to retire my now old (and literally cranky) road bike and was thhhhhhiiiiiiis close to buying a custom Serotta.
Well, how times have changed...both for me and sadly, the cycling industry.
The question is...I'm debating between buying mid or high end bike now. I absolutely want something new...my old Specialized is pretty beaten up and has thousands and thousands of miles on it. I know folks say your geometry doesn't change, but I'm wondering if I will grow out of a mid-range ($2-$3k) bike once I lose this 100 lbs I need to lose. Or if the stiffness I may need for my current weight will become harsh once I am back to my 'fighting weight'. Once back into shape, I anticipate doing several centuries a season, likely some weeklong cycling trips (e.g. RAGBRAI, Cycle Oregon) and most likely an Ironman....and would likely want a serious, high end road bike (i.e. Seven, Independent, Litespeed, Cervelo). And maybe even a specialized Tri Bike for race days. If it helps, I tend to like steel frames...even when I was in fighting shape, I felt like Carbon had too much flex for my style of riding. Not crazy about Aluminum either, as I will never forget my first racing bike, a stiff as h%ll Cannondale.
I would love to hear from folks, particularly those who have lost a significant amount of weight...and wondering if you 'grew out' of your bike once the weight was off.
PS...Geez, just noticed...my first post and already a spelling error in the title! Sorry :(