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Need help choosing road bike.(6 posts)

Need help choosing road bike.sibilleau
Nov 14, 2003 5:10 PM
I am 6 foot 2 and 250 pounds and need to choose a road bike. Was looking at the Jamis Quest and Ventura. Is a steel frame a better choice than an aluminum one such as the Norco CRD1? I don't plan on racing. Mainly touring and training. Worried about flexing a steel frame. PLEASE HELP.

Thank You.
Nov 14, 2003 5:55 PM
Why are you worried about flexing a steel frame? Do you plan to get out of the saddle and hammer? Doesn't sound like it, and how much would it matter if it did flex?

Standard advice is ride everything in your price range you can and then pick the one that feels the best. Its good advice, too. Fit is more important than material.
re: Need help choosing road bike.stillridn
Nov 14, 2003 6:04 PM
I am 6,3 230. I bought my Dream Bike (Merckx in above post). Everyone saId it was the best bike for a bigger person. I have been riding a old Cannondale and I like the stiffness but it will get you on long Rides. Steel is great for comfort, Aluminum is great at transmitting Power. I would try to ride both materials and decide. I will stick with Aluminum because of the Stifness, I dont do long rides anymore or I would build up my Merckx.
You're worried about the wrong thingContinental
Nov 15, 2003 7:33 AM
The problem with these bikes for a 250 pounder is the wheels. low spoke count front and rear, radial laced front wheel, 250 pound rider, touring--this is a combination for disaster. If you're not going to race,why buy a fragile, lightweight racing bike? Look for a sturdier, more comfortable bike. Considera Trek or Fuji Touring bike, or a Rivendell Romulus.
I too am 6'2" &250lbsRCA
Nov 15, 2003 9:10 AM
I ride a Giant OCR touring bike 105 Group Aluminun frame a Cro-Mol front fork and Avid disc's. Excellent bike for big boys I rode 1500 km during the summer and more than half of that was on rail trails. Tires are 700x32 but with little tread for smooth rolling on paved roads.
Check one out they sell very quickly
I too am 6'2" &250lbslyleseven
Nov 15, 2003 10:56 AM
I am 6'2 and 220 lbs and have ridden aluminum, steel, Ti and CF. Don't take a chance on aluminum if you are going to do long rides or touring. Steel is the only choice unless you want to spend more money for Ti. I have toured on two steel bikes and they are very comfy. You will need a sturdy wheelset, so think about Mavic Open Pros (at least 32, or maybe 36 spokes). If you are serious about touring, go with Mavics 520 rim. You will never regret it. Aluminum owners will tell you it will work. And, maybe, if you are lucky and get enough offsets, such as carbon fiber fork, seatstays,etc., it might. But don't buy into this, especially for touring. You can get a custom built steel with stiff bottom bracket and not worry about flex, for around $800 if flex is a real concern.