I am enjoying a cycling rebirth. At 64, big (6'3" and 260), and bad knees that have stopped me from running, cycling has become my exercise of choice. I am now riding 20-30 miles on the wekends and have done as much as 50 mi. Next steps, join a club, do more, and of course...Now I would like to get a decent road bike.
I have looked at several bikes so far. I want something in the "endurance" or (as I have seen the word ) "plush" catagory, perhaps more comfortable than a racing bike, with a longer wheel base.
I have read several reviews of the Jamis Ventura 2. At $2100.00 this is about the top of what I would want to pay. I have also looked at the 2010 Scattante Elite by Performance. Both of these are CF. They are light, with good components. The sales people say CF is a smoother ride than metal. On the other hand I have seen lots written on different forums about why someone my size should not ride CF. The most dramatic image: one pot hole and the thing will explode sending shards of graphite through various parts of my body. Other comments include that a cf bike won't last a long time ie several years because it doesn't tolerate long term wear and tear.
Another issue I have read about is the need to have very good wheels to avoid flexing for someone my size
So is there some straight advice out there. Happy to have someone direct me to a sight or prior thread to sort through this. Question is: CF or not for a big guy like me.