I recently decided that when I move to my new apartment in a couple weeks I was going to buy a new bike. The plan is that I'll find a job within biking distance, campus is already within walking distance, and I'll not have to drive anywhere but to get groceries which can be done in a carpool. It seems like a great way to save money, help me lose weight, and reduce my carbon footprint. The only problem is that I am very fat. I fell out of the habit of going to the gym daily and have now put weight back on. I would guess I am probably around 325 at 6'1. I want to be sure I get a bike that is going to be able to survive for a couple years under this extreme weight with no permanent damage. I started investigating on my own, and found out a little before deciding that the collective knowledge of a forum was the best way to go. (It almost always is. Oh how I love you internets)
So here's the deal:
1. I can probably only spend about 600 bucks. Cheap, I know, alas I am a college student.
2. I will be riding on almost exclusively pavement and light dirt/grass paths. Though the pavement is very rough as Ohio is unforgiving to such surfaces.
3. I am willing to put a lot of work into maintenance of a bike, if that will make a difference. I'd like to see this bike last quite a few years if possible, as I am an English Lit major and my financial situation isn't going to get much better after school.
4. Ohio is very, very hilly. :-( This isn't particularly relevant, I just wanted to *****.
I was looking in my local shop and saw a Specialized 08 Globe I kind of liked, and the price was agreeable at just 400. Is this a bike that may serve my purposes? If not I guess just use it as a stylistic preference example.
Thanks everyone in advance for your help. :-)