Let me start out by saying that I'm glad there is a forum for those of us with a bit of extra padding. I'm 5"11 and 340 pounds. I'm looking at riding as a way to lose weight and just get out into the world more. I'll mostly be riding on pavement but I'll be riding on dirt roads from time to time also. I used to ride a whole lot as a kid and teenager but getting a car ruined it.
I'm going shopping at my local bike shop this weekend and I've been "window shopping" in preparation. I've decided on two definite maybes. I'm looking at a Trek 820 and a Trek 7000 as possibilities. My local shop carries Trek, Cannondale, Haro, and Specialized as their main vendors. I'm trying to stay in the under $300 range if at all possible. Please tell me if I'm crazy or if you think one of those bikes would suite my needs or if I should keep an eye out for certain other models from those other vendors. I'm also open to used so anything you think might fit into that price is a welcome suggestion.