I am 38 years-old and 349 pounds. Having come down from 405 with a change in eating habits, I need to start exercising to reboot my weight loss, gain muscle tone, and improve my general health.
I am 6'6" but mostly torso -- my inseam is 33". I am looking for a classic styled, steel frame touring bike that will take Schwalbe Fat Franks (700x50, though some say they are closer to 42) with fenders. I'm looking at canti breaks, braze ons for front and rear racks, and because of my lower back problems I'll have to start with upright bars -- though I'd like to transition to drop bars once I lose a majority of my belly.
To give you an idea of my taste, my current frame-of-choice -- if I could afford such a build -- is the Rivendell Atlantis, and this particular bike has the same tires with fenders that I'd mentioned above (although I would want this color).
I'd like to find a bike or frame in this style, that I could make into an upright rider like this.
I'm looking for suggestions for a frame or existing bike that would have a good fit for my freakish proportions. I'm fine with a older frame, or something scratched-up as I have someone here in Kansas City that can refinish it for me.
So far, I've been looking at the following:
- Giant Via 1 - $600 (not a touring candidate, but maybe a good starter bike?)
- Navara Safari - $764 (lots of raves about this bike, but I'd still need to replace the saddle and handlebars - if I can't get a good upright position)
Any feedback on these two bikes? Any other suggestions in that price-range for a classic, steel, touring bike that I could grow into as a rider?
Thank you all in advance for your help!