I'm looking at getting back into bicycling after a long time off (like 20 years). Last bike I had was a Motobecane Grand Tour (when they were still French bikes) from the 70's. Great bike.
Anyways, things have changed in a big way in bicycling. There are more options to choose from than I could ever imagine way back when. Heck, what's so complicated about a frame, two wheels, a set of handlebars, some gears and a chain?
Apparently quite a bit.
Ah well. I've been poking around Craigslist (no joy, a few scams), ebay, this site (love the FAQ, perfect for this fat boy - skeerin' the heck out of 300 lbs). Stepping onto the scale at the doctor's office the other day scared the heck out of me. I'm a prime candidate for a heart attack in my 50's, and I'm 43 now. I'd like to get another 20 years if I can. Preferably 30 years. Ya know what I mean?
I'm glad I found this forum. There are plenty of resources for skinny kids that road race carbon fiber speed bikes, but for painfully slow old guys? Not many.
I've pretty much chucked the idea of buying used at this point. Right now I'm leaning towards a hybrid bike outfitted w/ baskets that I can use to peddle to the grocers, work and around town. I don't see myself riding for distances greater than 10-12 miles at a stretch for a while.
Eventually (if I get into it and enjoy it as much as I used to like riding a bike when I was a kid) I might get a decent frame and build a good road bike. While that seems a bit expensive it sure looks less expensive than buying a nice one outright from a bike shop.
I found a bike that looks interesting and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the manufacturer? The bike is a Redline R510. If you check out the URL, it's the bike pictured in the lower right hand side of the frame. The bike shop wants $340 and they'll set it up for me. I don't know if that's a decent deal or not (quality of the components, etc).
I've looked online and from what I can see Redline made its name in dirt bikes and has relatively recently expanded into street/hybrid bikes. There are plenty of good reviews of their bmx/motocross bikes, but I can't seem to find any reviews of their street/hybrid products.
So I thought I'd ask in here.
If y'all think I can do better for less than $400, I'm all ears.
Anyways......great forum. I loved the "before & after" photo section. Y'all are enough to give a guy some hope, ya know?