My wife and I have a deal; when I lose 50 lbs I get another bike - no questions asked, no recriminations.
Whatever bike I get will have to be a multi-use bike. It will be my commuter (40 mile r/t) and I'd like to do a tour eventually.
Here's the thing - I wear size 13 shoes. I had to do some creative mounting of the Wald fold-out baskets on my Trek 7100 hybrid to avoid heel strike. I have been thinking about getting a touring bike and using it as a commuter. I figured that touring bikes are built with panniers in mind so it would be hard to go wrong with one.
However, I've also read that a lower center of gravity means the bottom bracket is closer to the ground (don't pedal through a turn) and odd handling unloaded.
I've also seen cyclocross bikes recommended for use as a commuter/light touring bike. That seems like a good idea, but I'm wondering about heel strike.
So, I figured I'd ask here. Any of you guys w/ particularly big dogs overcome the issue of heel strike? What chain stay length should I be looking for to avoid it?
It'll be a while before I've lost 50 lbs, but I'm one of those anal shoppers that likes to make big ticket purchased after doing a bunch of research.