Working on the top 10 . . .OK,
One of my top 10 goals is to finish a Triathalon. So to do that, I'll need a bike. And beyond the Triathalon, I want to do events like the Seattle to Portland and the Courage Classic. So I need a good bike. Likely I need a true road bike. However, I'm currently a pretty big guy and most of the TRUE road bikes are not really meant to have a guy like me on them. I've been known to strip a crankset or two. ;-) SO I've been researching bikes the past few days/weeks. What I keep coming up with are cyclocross bikes. Cyclo-cross is a sport in which a racer is expected to race both on road and off and often having to overcome obstacles that require the rider to hop off the bike and carry it over something. The bikes have a road flair, but are built to be quite a bit more durable than your average road bike. The fact that I could take them off road occasionally is appealing too. I'm not the gnarly single track kind of guy, but an occasional forest road or something of the sort is somewhat appealing. So I've narrowed my search to three bikes; The Specialized Tricross Comp Double, the Cannondale Optimo Disc and the Trek X0-1.
Specialized Tricross Comp Double
Cannondale Optimo Disc
Now, these bikes come at a price. The last bike I bought, which Teri sold at our garage sale for a DOLLAR!, was a Bridgestone 400 back in 1985 and it was $350.00. I put probably close to 700 - 1000 miles on that thing and it was a great bike. $350.00 in 1985 dollars when you're 15 and don't have a job seems like an impossible amount of money. Thinking of paying more than 4 times that for a bicycle seems insane when you have a GREAT job. So I'm somewhat torn as to what to do. I originally went into this venture figuring to spend about $800 bucks on a bike and then probably another $300 on accessories. Now looking at upwards of $1,600 for a bike puts this little venture over 2 grand. AND I've got to be damn sure I'm going to stick with my training program to be in Triathalon shape by next summer. So I've got some thinkin' to do. Of course I'm leaning towards the Specialized which at $1,599 is the most expensive of the bunch. The Cannondale comes in at $1,249 for the non-disc brake version and the Trek is in at $1,299. Nope, no expensive tastes here. Got some thinkin' to do. If anyone has any suggestions for a good road bike for a 300+ pound guy @ 6'1" lemme know . . . I'd love to hear them.