I am 51 and a half, stand 6'1' and weigh 205.
I have been riding a Trek 7500FX (22.5") off and on for three years. Mostly off, as I travel 3 to 4 days per week in my work, and my office was located 60 miles from my home. Recently I was allowed to move my office into my home so now I get to ride 10 to 20 miles, 2 or 3 days per week.
Resting on the bar, the FX is killing my hands at the fleshy part of the palms! (Even though its top tube is too long for me, my old '74 (XL) Schwinn road bike does not.) I feel like my entire weight is on my wrists.
Could the difference in the geometries be causing this? Could a "real" fitting correct it?
Also, I am an insulin dependent diabetic and would like to ride a "Tour de Cure" event next spring. I am not sure the FX, with its MTB gearing, is the right bike for a ride of this nature since I often out run the 48 tooth top ring on a moderate downhill grade.
Should I just get rid of the FX and buy a new triple road bike?
With 3 boys in school, I do not have unlimited funds.
Your thoughts would be most appreciated.