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Newbie - Question on a Bike
Hey guys, I just starting to get into this biking thing, trying to lose some weight. Here's my situation. My employer has an employee wellness program. Basically I've been recording my workout sessions over the past 10 months, and at the end of August will be getting a gift certificate to the local fitness related store of my choice. I'll end up with a $200 gift certificate to a local bike store. The two (three) bikes that have been most recommended so far are the Trek 3700 (and corresponding steel-framed 820) and the Raleigh Mohave 2.0. Does anyone have any experience with or comments on these three bikes? I need to keep it cheap, since I'm on a very tight budget. I don't have any loyalty to any brand, although the Trek/Gary Fisher dealer is by far the closest. Other less local dealers carry the Raleigh, Cannondale, Giant, Schwinn. . .
The majority of my riding will be on gravel roads, some paved roads, and trails/minimum maintainance roads, which is why I thought a mountain bike would be my best choice. Some dealers have mentioned hybrids also, but it seems to me that a mountain bike would be built a bit heavier.
Thanks for your input to the most commonly asked question,