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Im in the market for a new road bike.
I bought my Trek Fuel mountain bike about a year ago but seems as if i ride paved trails 90% of the time.
With that in mind im looking to buy a cheap road bike. Im looking to spend about $300 or so.
Ive been looking at a ton of bikes online and have many in my price range.
Im a "clydesdale" from what ive been reading on here so i need something to support my size. Im 6'1" 260lbs but losing weight fairly rapidly due to biking nearly everyday.
Will i be able to find something decent for $300 or am i wasting my money ?
 

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the biggest consideration for your weight is going to be your wheelset. a $300 bike isn't going to come with a great one per say. I'd say just make sure whatever bike you buy has properly tensioned wheels. Some would recommend finding something used, but I'd say wait.
 

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The only way you can get a "decent" road bike for $300 is to buy used, which is tricky.

Slicks on the mtb are an easy way to roll better on pavement.

Switching to drop bars is impractical, but bar ends are easy to add, and would give you some additional, more aero, positions.
 

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Nashbar has these aero clip-ons, though more of a touring variety. I found pictures of a set on an MTB when another poster brought them up. WTB, continental, michelin, maxxis and others make slick, narrow tires in 26" sizes. Maybe you could use the $300 toward a second wheelset to dedicate for trail use.
 

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Dr. Placebo said:
Nashbar has these aero clip-ons, though more of a touring variety. I found pictures of a set on an MTB when another poster brought them up. WTB, continental, michelin, maxxis and others make slick, narrow tires in 26" sizes. Maybe you could use the $300 toward a second wheelset to dedicate for trail use.
Thanks alot for all the info, ive learned alot from reading these forums already.
After thinking about it, I will most likely get some slick tires and stay on my Trek. Ill look into the handle bars you suggested.
 

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pardon the triple post. I'd feel remiss about suggesting a road bike to you only becasue you know what a good bike is and what it should feel like. It's hard to go to something below that standard afterward. the handlebars are a preference thing really just to add hand positions. If bar ends work for you that's great as well. I just think it would be a pain to change tires and tubes for the riding you felt up to that day. You could get a lower geared cassette as well. i'm a bit of a n00b so take my suggestions with a grain of salt.
 

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pardon the triple post. I'd feel remiss about suggesting a road bike to you only becasue you know what a good bike is and what it should feel like. It's hard to go to something below that standard afterward. the handlebars are a preference thing really just to add hand positions. If bar ends work for you that's great as well. I just think it would be a pain to change tires and tubes for the riding you felt up to that day. You could get a lower geared cassette as well. i'm a bit of a n00b so take my suggestions with a grain of salt.
I doubt I will get a second set of wheels, at least not yet. I actually rode dirt a couple days ago for the first time in about 6 months and broke off my rear derailleur hanger, which made me enjoy the pavement even that much more...lol
Ill probably just replace the original tires with some slick ones and leave them on.

Any other suggestions on making my mtn bike more road worthy ?
 
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