Hi there. A bit about myself - my name is Rob, and I stumbled on this site whilst researching about road bikes and training methods. I am 29 yrs old, and currently live in Sydney, Australia. I bought my first bike a few years ago, with the LBS advising me that I must get a MTB to cope with my size and weight - I am 6ft 5in, 264lb (120kg) and that I would just break any road bike that I bought.
The bike has done me well over the years, with me using it mostly for commuting, however I have started venturing out on the weekends with the 'real road cyclists', and have been trying to (and in many cases succeeding) keep up with them. I have put slicks on it, cycling computer, bought some proper cycling attire, however no matter how hard I push it, I will always be limited by the bike.
I would love to hear some feedback on my thoughts for the jump to a road bike if anyone has the time. If not, don't read on any further.
I am looking at a mid-range road bike (budget limitations - I can't get the god of finances (wife) to understand the need for greater monetary outlay) which will meet my size/weight requirements, with quality components that will last. I would rather a slightly heavier bike with quality, than a lightweight thing that will snap on me when I push it. I am currently looking at the TREK 1500, with handmade wheels (36 spoke count, double-butted) and have some concerns. Will the carbon fork cope? Will 36 spokes be enough? Will the frame cope (I am relatively strong - leg press in the order of 900lb)? I like the idea of a lifetime warranty on the frame.
My intent is to use the cycle to suppliment my gym regieme, and try to strip down a bit. I also intend to get a Polar HRM S710 at this stage to help me plan / track my training. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.