Hi, all -
I just found the forum yesterday while trying to research a bike.
I'm 44 and around 375 - my "normal" weight is around 200. I used to ride a lot when I was younger, but was never what you'd call an enthusiast - just a kid on a Schwinn Continental. I'm looking to ride for exercise and recreation. I'm on a very tight budget for a bike so am reluctantly looking used. (If I could pull it off financially, I think I'd pick up a new Specialized Hardrock Sport.)
I'm lucky to live very near a county bike trail that connects to the Chicago area's large trail system, so I'm thinking a hybrid would be the way to go.
I'm trying to get ideas for used bikes. I'm 6'01" but have a stubby 30" inseam - what's a good frame size to look at first? Any suggestions in a decent value used bike to watch for?
As an example, I've found three very different bikes available locally:
1) a beat Trek 800 for $60 that needs wheel truing and a new seat;
2) a GT Pantera that needs minor work for less than $50; and
3) a clean Schwinn CrissCross that already has street tires for $125.
I'm totally lost here - can anyone offer advice? I'm not committed to any of the three above, but wanted to show the kind of bikes I've been considering and the budget I have.