My weight has been as low as 175 when I raced to at least 315 (my scales only went up to 314 and I was over that) when I was going through a stressful divorce. Bike frames themselves are so over-designed that it is rare that weight is an issue. Sometimes parts have weight limits. I've seen weight limits on saddle pillars, pedals, handlebars and wheels though. Most mainstream bike components don't have weight limits though there certainly are some bike wheels that can be problematic. If you buy a bike with super light wheels they might not hold up. You should probably be material agnostic when shopping for a new ride. Great bikes can be built from any material; it is just an engineering problem to figure out how to best exploit the advantages of each material. Early aluminum and carbon frames had a lot of problems but now they all have been around long enough they are all good choices.
The only thing weight has been a problem with is with the seat, and that's because I bought a cheapy from a box store. The screw holding it on snapped, and a trip to a hardware store fixed that. I started riding when I weighed more than you, and I also had a bike trailer with two kids in it. The weight of the trailer causes a few issues with the gear shifter, but the bike shop was able to adjust it for me with no problems.
All great info (as usual from our awesome SparkTeam!) and I'll just toss in my bike which is technically a cyclocross, but not at all used for cyclocross by myself: Specialized Tricross...a little heavier duty than most road bikes, tires a bit thicker, but handles such a wide range of road conditions really well. I'm very happy with mine.
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You just gave us a great description of your area and the LBS.
KJNE8O makes a great point on tires. Your roads may be more of an issue than the majority of people have to face. Your climate from being -40 or better to near 100 in summer is tough on roads. In the winter you will want to consider an indoor trainer.
Weight not an issue. When I was 280+ I rode carbon with no problem.
I agree with KJNE8O on getting an entry aluminum bike is better than a low line carbon.
Cannondale had some nice riding aluminum bikes. Your Canadian $ is strong, you should get a good value.
I don't think there are weight issues with bikes - I know people who weight 270 pounds who ride both high end aluminum and carbon. Carbon will support you. But something someone once said - that I think is true - is that's it's better to get high quality aluminum than low end carbon....
Have you done any googling on the issue to see if people have written articles about it?
Personally, I'd go with a good aluminum road bike with good tires (not the ones that come on the bike) and if you really get into then you can invest in a carbon or specialized tri bike.
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I am in Winnipeg, so yes I have "roads" although like I said...not great ones, and lbs's. I have in fact asked, but I find I get 1 of 2 responses. Either "ride whatever you got unless your a serious competitor", or "nobody uses anything but tri bikes or at a minimum ,high end road bikes" When I ask about frame strength vs weight (my weight) etc, the answer is always that it's a non issue. And being that they are there to sell what they have, and everyone there is a serious competitor, i'm not sure what to think. So that's why I pose the question here, knowing that some people here have actually worked in lbs's and know about weight issues, etc. I guess I'm looking for something that overlaps the areas of "not going to get snickered at, at the triathlon" and "not so fragile I don't dare ride it to work or weekends"
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My turn to ask the new bike question. I'm wondering what type of bike to get. Here's some info. Always loved biking, currently own a mtn bike that I also commute with. As I lost weight i've been running. Got some races under my belt and now triathlons are looking like something I want to do. Not to win but for fitness/fun. I'd like a bike for training/fitness/triathlons, but it would be nice if it was also durable enough for my weight (appx 230) and the odd commute on nice days on our pothole riddled roads. Road bike? Touring? Cross even? older cromo? Aluminum? I see most new ones have carbon forks...that scares me. Any suggestions? thanks a bunch!
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