Ok, been reading this forum for a while now, but I think I finally know a little in order to make an intelligent post now, so here goes.
I'm 6'2" and about 255 pounds right now. I know that I can get in shape by running, but my 29 year old knees just won't let me anymore. My ideal weight is about 210 or so. So, I'm going to try this cycling thing and see how it goes. I need a bike bike for big butt now.
I'm thinking that I want to ride on the road, but on the other hand, I don't want something that I can't take offroad if wanted to some. I'd like to ride more offroad, but I don't see me packing the bike up and taking it to a trail area very often. I can see me, however, riding it after work around town and around the loop of the industrial park (about a 1.25 mile loop that I could ge some good speed on) a lot more often. I guess I need a direction on what style of bike that I need. I'm thinking, and correct me if I'm wrong, that a road bike can't do offroad, but a mtb bike could go on the road and off the road, just not very efficiently on the road. BUT, since I'm looking for a workout, is effieciency very important? I mean getting the same amount of work in a shorter distance seems like it would be a good thing? Is this the wrong way to think?
I keep reading about the Specialized Rockhard. Is this a good place to start? How about a Trek 820?
I have a general idea that I need a 21-22 inch frame. Could this be about right? The only thing I know for sure about bike fitting is that I have to be able to stand over the top tube while stopped. Anything past that and I'm pretty fuzzy. I could probably stand over a top tube comfortably at 33.5-34 inches, plus or minus like an inch since I don't really know how to measure it. I'm just playing around with a tape measure to get this measurement. I'm assuming that you want to be touching the ground while not on the seat, instead of touching the ground (flat footed) while on the seat? When you stop, do you want to be able to touch while on the seat, or do you get down off the seat to touch? (Sorry, pretty green here.)
If you guys could help a guy out, that would be awesome!