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Old 09-07-16, 10:27 PM
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First Road Bike

Hey guys, I wanted to introduce myself. I'm an overweight guy who is getting into cycling again after several years (previously mostly just road bikes on university campus). I currently ride a recumbent trike (Catrike Expedition) but I wanted a bike to add variety and for use as a commuter. I only live a mile from work and figured it doesn't make any sense to drive my F-250 back and forth from work if I could bike and get in better shape while I'm at it.

I'm currently up to doing 15-17 mile rides on my trike (although I did hit 19.4 miles this weekend). My wife and I both ride a trike, so my current plan is on the weekends when we both can ride together we'll ride the trikes, but if she is out of town or working I'll be riding my road bike. My ultimate goal is to at least participate in the El Tour de Tucson next year -- either the 28 mile or 37 mile route.

As far as the bike is concerned, I opted to go with the 2017 Windsor Wellington 2.0 for $320. This is strictly a beginner bike to see if I will stick with it long enough to warrant a nicer bike. I did look for used bikes on Craigslist but couldn't find anything suitable from a known brand. I'm sure if I had waited I could have found something, but its just now getting comfortable to ride and I wanted to get something ASAP. If I do stick with it, I will likely upgrade and keep the Windsor as a commuter.

Oh, as far as my personal specs, I'm 5'7" 295 lbs. I've got a long way to go but I'm hopeful that cycling will help with that! I anticipate having to, at the very least, upgrade spokes to 12g due to my weight, but we'll see how the stock wheels handle my heft first. I'm not going to be pushing the bike hard any time soon anyway...
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Welcome to Bike Forums. The Clydesdale and Athena forum can give you lots of help and info.
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I think your new Wellington will be just fine for a bike to start out with. You don't want to go all out on your first one because you really won't know your needs until you've gotten used to riding a regular bike again. It takes time! And after a while, you will begin to know your needs.

You're going to do just fine.

As recommended, you might want to pop into the Clydes section. There you will find a lot of people who can help guide you to getting started.

Congrats on your new bike!!
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Thanks for the welcome everyone. I've already been lurking on the Clydesdale forum. I'm sure once I get the bike and figure out its quirks I'll have some questions. For now, I'm eagerly awaiting its arrival (sometime tomorrow).

Looking forward, if I enjoy road biking, I'd like to get a steel frame bike like the Trek 520 or similar. I have no need for anything fancy and would prefer solid and durable over being slightly lighter.
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