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    New Member intro MS

    Hello all.
    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?
    Or
    Option 2: Good frame/ decent components?
    Thanks

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    Pint-Sized Gnar Shredder Zephyr11's Avatar
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    Welcome to Bike Forums!

    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!

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    Welcome to the forums
    Strike like an eagle and sacrifice the dove.
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    Senior Member goldfinch's Avatar
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    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.

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    Welcome to BF and good luck with your shopping quest!

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    Welcome to bikeforums!

    Considering this is going to be your first road bike, I can't stress enough for you to head over to your local bike shop and test ride before you buy!

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