Hey all, this would be my first post in the forums. After I finish this post I'll head over to the introduction section and do a little somthin somthin.
I'm starting to work out and get back into shape, I used to be a slim kinda guy back a couple years ago in high school. Comming out of 8th grade i was breaking 220lb so I started to play soccer again. Or football for some of you I reckon. Anyway during off season I started to use a "bike" I picked up at Wal-mart. Yeah, I know, tsk tsk. Anyway it had got me back down to 180lb. But I've, for lack of a better term, gone to seed, and my old 18speed has given up on me.
Im looking into getting a higher quality bicycle now. I had a 10mile loop that I used to do, Ive been doing the same 10miles this week and I can do it is <50min. And I barely break a sweat. Well here's what Im looking for, and if I miss giving any info or have a missunderstanding of somthing go ahead and yell, I won't take it personally.
I live in East Tennessee about 30miles from the Smokey Mountains. Its a hilly place, plenty of hills and long inclines to get a good work out on. (Great scenery too.) I don't go on rough trails, I stick to the blacktop and the occasional sidewalk. So my routes stick to roads mostly. Im not looking to build a bike, it doesn't sound like such a good start for me. I would however love some pointers on what to get, what to look for, and what to look out for. Ive got 500usd that I can afford to fork out right now. Prefferably not all 500. (Im so frugal )
Here's some info,
I'm 6'4", 226lb, I have a trick left knee (ripped patella off in a soccer match, sometimes randomly buckles 1x a week approx). I don't have much of an idea what other info would be helpful. I'm shooting for the 190-195 range since I have more muscle than I had in highschool. I doubt 175-180 is possible anymore.
I'd like to be able to do 40-50mile rides most likely 4-5times a week, quite a few sizeable hills in the routes I've got in mind.
So if yall have any suggestions, sites, other threads that you suggest I take a look at, I'd appreciate it.
Thx in advance.