I'm a couple of weeks out of having gastric bypass surgery. Four months ago I weighed 440 lbs and today I'm at 385 (I'm 6'1). However, due to my surgery I should be at 350 in 4-6 weeks and based on my Drs estimates, down to around 250 in a year.
One thing I really have wanted to do is ride a bike. I expect to ride 1/3 paved streets, 1/3 dirt roads, field trails and eventually 1/3 wooded bike trails.
I did a Google search on Bike Forums and found this forum today as well as this forum for bigger riders. I've read several of the posts that recommend certain bikes, but part of my problem is that I know absolutely nothing about bikes as my last bike was a Schwinn 10 speed I had in high school (mid 80s). So I'm not only looking for a brand that can support me (or will be able to support me) I also need some help with what type of bike.
I've seen several suggestions for Specialized Hardrock bikes, but unsure which variation if I went that route. My bike budget is $200-$350 and I have no problems getting a used bike. I know you've been asked this plenty of times before, but can you give a few suggestions to someone just starting out?