I found this site in an effort to gather as much info as I can prior to purchasing a road bike.
The purpose: Triathlon and mini sprint triathlons in an effort to battle the bulge!
Personal info: 42 years old, 6'4", 250lbs, 35" measured Minimum clearance (in seam) I am wanting to spend $500 or less for an entry level bike and aero bars.
Played football and baseball in HS and rode motor cross.
I have had both of my knees scoped, right shoulder scoped and a titanium plate in my back L4/L5 fusion.
I spent a lot of time on mountain bikes in college. All of which were rigid frames.
Started out with a Diamondback then a Trek and finally a Cannondale. I logged a lot of miles on these bikes but I have never seriously ridden a road bike.
I am searching for my best options for a road bike, which I have already found some information in the forums.
I am trying to weigh the options: where would my money be better spent?
Option 1: decent frame/Good components?
Option 2: Good frame/ decent components?
Check the Road Forum. I'd recommend a road bike over a tri bike because 1) they're more versatile, and 2) you're more likely to find one that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. At $500, you're likely looking used. I'm sure there are good Craigslist deals to find though!
Trek Madone 4.7 WSD, 1969 Schwinn Collegiate, Surly Long Haul Trucker, Terry Classic, Gary Fisher Marlin, Dahon Jetstream XP
Welcome to BF! I also suggest checking with the Clydesdale/Athena forum, which is geared to men over 200 pounds and women over 140 or thereabouts. They may have some good ideas on bikes for you; there are a number of big guys who ride road bikes on that forum.