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Old 03-06-16, 07:14 PM
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Newbie Here with Bike Buying Questions - Advice/Input needed

Hey everyone. I hope everyone's doing good here reading this. My name is Brian, I'm 45 about to be 46, and very excited I've found a group of fellow veterans who meet for regular bike riding either mountain bikes or road bikes (both - 2 groups). I've been sedentary pretty much since retiring from the Navy in 2011 and need to lose a few pounds. I very much like the idea of getting into road cycling but have seen a fitness bike frame I LOVE. So, the two bikes I'm considering buying at the end of the month are the Giant FastRoad SLR 1 and the Giant Defy 2 disc. Both have everything I want but I love the look of the frame on the Fastroad and want it just for that. If I could turn it into a road bike I'd have the perfect bike I'd never want to get rid of even if I needed a trade in for something else.

Question 1) Can I turn a fitness "road" bike from a flat handlebar into a drop bar road bike and can it still be entered into novice races, etc...? I know new shifters/levers and a handlebar will be needed but I will end up needing a new bar on a road bike anyway because I have very wide shoulders but short legs and the small frames comes with narrow handlebars. I also have small fingers and when I tried a road bike I barely reached the brakes even with shims. I was considering a ladies set of brake levers/microshifters too.

Question 2) I'm 245 lbs right now but I am concerned because I've seen it posted elsewhere that rims can break due to too much weight. Both bikes above have the Giant Sport Tracker hubs and SR-2 disc rims with 14g wire spokes. Should I be concerned riding around on them?

Question 3) If I can't turn the Fastroad into a road bike, should I get that one first since I've been sedentary for awhile now and just concentrate on fitness? I mean I don't want to shell out $1200 next year ifI don't have to but love the fastroad. Can I ride the fastroad on novice entry races and will the wind factor matter a lot since I'm not an experienced rider? If I can get away with riding the fastroad on all road cyclists group rides then I'll get the Fastroad. That's basically my overall question right there.

Thanks to everyone who's read this and especially to those that reply. Thanks again and hope to see you out on the road.
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Old 03-06-16, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by RonH View Post
Welcome to Bike Forums. Are you talking about racing or charity group rides?
talking about racing but only for fun for the next year. Then I'd like to enter some either races or charity rides once I'm good enough for them. That maybe a year or two though. By then I'll have enough for a real road bike if I need it. I'm no professional rider so I was thinking the frame wouldn't matter that much, or would it? Does wind resistance matter a lot at a novice level? If the road bike is more comfortable, then I'd go with the road bike also.

I know professional athletes need their frames to a certain specific regulations but I can't find it.

My head tells me just get the road bike and it will be legal, but I like the Fastroad frame better. Maybe what I need is for someone to tell me just get the road bike to be safe so I don't end up buying 2 bikes down the road.

Thanks for replying.

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Old 03-06-16, 08:33 PM
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Looks like there is more to racing frame requirements than I thought. I'll get the road bike, but the Fastroad would've been fun for a sunday ride. If anyone is concerned, here a document I found with UCI technical guidelines on frame and bike details required for races:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACWeb/for...n-Controls.pdf

I'm still concerned about rims though...
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