Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Silver Spring, MD (MABRA/MAC)
Bikes: Cannondale Cyclocross, Specialized Langster, Giant TCR-C2 Composite
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You sound similar in dimensions to a fellow I knew back in New York City who rides the rather beefy, yet light and strong, Cannondale Cyclocross. I ride the 52cm version of this bike and it suits me for paved and unpaved riding in the Washington DC area. It sounds like your biggest concerns should be the strongest frame and wheels you can find. I would (having worked in bike shops some years back) talking to somebody who works at your local bike shop. You might find out that your solution is not a cyclocross bike but maybe a good, stout sport touring bike.