First off, I've been going through this website for a few hours now, especially this section for the bigger people of the world.
Anyway, I've been considering the jump to a bike for a while now. I've been walking fairly regular (4+miles a day). But that gets a little boring sometimes.
I currently have a department store bike I got about 10 years ago. Rarely ridden,due to the fact that it hurts to ride.
I've been told to not let a department store bike discourage me, that going to a LBS and getting setup right will make a world of difference. My boss said it's like comparing a golf cart to a cadillac.
So now here I am.
I'm 5'9" tall, and between 270-275 right now(down from 303 in January). 31 inch inseam, 10.5 feet.
My budget is kind of low right now, $500 range. I'd be looking for mostly road, with some dirt paths.
I only have one bike shop within a reasonable distance. They carry a pretty good selection,and many local people recommend them.
Anyway, I'm currently looking Hybrid:
Trek 7.2 FX
Trek 7.2 FX WSD
And on their comfort side:
Trek Navigator 3.0
The 7100 and 7200 top my interests. The Kona Dew also catches my eye.
Any positives or Negatives on any of these bikes? How do they hold up to someone my size?
I saw mention of ditching the suspension seatpost, so what would one look for? Are there different sizes? Something like that I would shop around online for,besides the LBS.
I'm not against upgrades in time. I'm just looking for a decent starter bike for now.
Thanks for any tips and info that you'd be willing to share. I know I have a lot more reading to do here, lots of valuable information.