Hi All, I am new to cycling and I am currently training for a 100 mile ride in August of this year. I am a large guy 6'2 220-230 and I am having a very hard time finding a bike that fits right and that I am comfortable with. I am not an avid Biker so I was hoping to not spend a ton of money on a bike maybe $500-$800. I have been looking all over Craigslists and other cheaper Bike options and can't not find any good Roadbike options for someone my size. This forum has been a big help in weeding out some not so great options.
A recent search has lead me to a couple bikes available that are not traditional road Bikes but Cycle-Cross / Commuter Bikes. I hope to ride somewhat frequently to work when the weather gets nice and I can use some short cuts on gravel/dirt roads to do so. The Cycle cross Bike with wider tires and traction seem to be perfect for this along with having the Salsa type drop bars for longer rides. The stability of a tire, the hybrid functionality, and the overall size and feel are big sellers for me.
The major concerns I have is the longer rides. I hope to complete the 100-110 miles in around 8 hours when that time comes. Is this reasonable on this type of bike? Will I be at a huge disadvantage keeping up with my group on this type of bike? The current setup has 700x35 tires that are "path tires" and 10 speed drivetrain which is also a major concern I have for longer rides with shallow gear options.
Any input you have would be a big help. Would I be able to do the long ride on this type of Bike or should I just buck up and get a traditional road Bike.