I've been looking at a hybrid or two with a thought to using it for help with dieting. I used to be a road bike rider (still have my '84 Gitane Tour de France and an almost-as-old Trek 1500) but they have fallen by the wayside as I've aged and ballooned up over the past few years. Hard to believe I even raced citizen's class many years ago. Now if I want to ride at all I need something a little more friendly to my back, but still zippy and responsive, at least till I'm at a more reasonable weight and a little more flexible (though with ongoing lower back issues it remains to be seen if that flexibility ever returns). I've seen some posts here from larger guys, so I thought I'd join the fray.
My question is this: Are the high-zoot Bontrager wheels on the Trek 7500FX going to hold up under a 280-lb rider? I know how to ride "light", using my legs to absorb shock. If I see it coming, I never hit anything while acting as dead weight on the saddle. Am I an idiot to be concerned about these things folding like a taco when I climb on board? What have other heavier riders found?