As the header says - I would be a beginner. I haven't bought a bike yet - been doing some research. I've looked at a few - Trek XO-1, Jami SuperNova and Cannondale, etc. Not sure what kind of bike per say I would need. Here is why: I am overweight - 5'9, 200 but active. I used to play rugby and still go to the gym 3-4x week and swim 15 miles a week. For me, I love activity and would love to pick up cyclocrossing b/c of the biking aspect as well as the endurance factor. Unfor, b/c of my commute, it's a sport that I would only be able to do on the weekends - riding 50 miles on a weekday is impossible, so I guess like the saying goes, I would be more of a weekend warrior. I have a few questions and hopefully it doesn't sound too stupid:
1. Based on my frame, if there a brand that kind of sticks out for us overweight guys?lol
2. Should I invest in a cyclecross bike or road?
Is there a decent brand between 400-1k? I've checked LBS and of course what they sell is the high end and I'm not in the mood to pay 2k for a weekend bike. I realize that fit is critical.
3. I would like to eventually get into some competition and not sure if there is a clinic or training camp in the midatlantic area. Does anyone know of one? How would one learn the basics besines reading a book?
Appreciate any feedback