Hi everyone, just found this forum and as a bigger guy am glad there's a place to get some good guidance. I have a Trek FX 7.3 that I've liked a lot but really wanted a road bike. Tomorrow I'm picking up a Felt Z85, test rode it and it felt great (no pun intended). I know Trek road bikes go up to 275 lbs, I'm around 290 and asked my LBS and he said it shouldn't be a problem cause there's a lot of spokes. Just wanted to see if it's anything I should be concerned about or if I should be good. I'm hoping the first 20 lbs or so will drop quickly and then I'll be in range. Goal is to get back to 210 where I was two years ago before a shoulder surgery messed me all up.
Also, does anyone have any suggestions for jersey's for us larger guys? I bought one on Amazon that was a XXL (normally XXL fits fine and is slightly loose) but that thing was skin tight!
As your LBS guy said, you should be okay with most road frames -- you just need to stay away from light, minimally spoked wheels.
When buying jerseys, there IS a fair amount of variability between brands' sizing, but do be sure to look for CLUB fit rather than RACING fit. The racing-fit jerseys are supposed to cling as tight as a second skin.
Welcome robd54. As has already been said jersey sizing is all over. I have found that Primal has generous sizing in xxl. Novara as well. I bought one no-name brand jersey on Amazon a few years ago that was also comfortable. Good luck on losing the weight, it can be done.