I am researching a new bike for next year. I bought a GMC Denali without doing in depth research last year. A reveiw from someone on this site siad it was a great bike. I eventually found a LBS to work on it and tune it as well as they could. The bike shop owner is willng to work with me on financing an entry level trek road bike. I have seen the motobecane nemisis tri bike mentioned and have been researching it and other bikes. No more $200 dollar specials.
My question is regarding carbon vs aluminum vs whatever. I am 5'10 and weigh 240 LBS (I will obviously be participating as a clydsdale). I have heard than when carbon fails, it fails catostrophicly. Not an apealing thought. I also tend to be a masher. I have already messed up the crank bearings on my denali. At the advice of my helpful LBS owner, I am working to increase my revolutions to around 80 and use the gears to maintain my rpms. Uncomfortable at first but I am getting better at it. She says my knees will thank me in years to come. I would greatly appreciate any info on bikes for someone 200 LBS plus. I am on a limited budget and want to make the most out of my nest purchase.
Thanks in advance for any advice.