I'm 59, 245 lbs but determined to lose as much as I can and am finally back at biking.
I did three long distance rides in 2003 across Michigan but then, in a spill on a training ride, tore my rotator cuff and missed most of 2004.
Now I'm back and a lot of all this embarrasing extra weight is from not riding in the past 18 months.
I rode a Trek 1000 across the state in two rides but kept breaking spokes and having flats. Then I weighed about 210. I upped the psi and that only helped a bit. I think it's time to get a better bike and am looking for recommendations for something in the $1,000-1,200 range for road. Will I notice a difference? Is there a better bike for my size and plans to ride long distance?
I also have a Gary Fisher Tassajahara that I'm currently training on for the Michigander. I've had it since 1998, I think, but it seems pretty slow. It's in good shape, with maybe 2,000 mikes on it.
But my big question is.... is there a single bike that I can use for road touring AND trail rides like the Michigander, which rides back roads and converted rail-to-trail routes?
I never plan serious mountain biking but I do enjoy some sandy and gravel routes. Should I look for one bike or two?
I really want to hit training hard this summer and need all the advice I can get.