I've been lurking for several weeks, and feel like I have picked up on lots of information. I will introduce myself as a 56yo 6'1" 335lb clyde (down from 365 in Jan... thanks South-beach) I feel I have reached a size, that I can begin to exercise without injuring myself. I had a heart attack at 41, but 7 years, and 40 lbs ago I would do 25 miles rides knobbies and all. I also have some breathing issues, but since being diagnosed with Apnea , and being on CPAP I am feeling much healthier. The bike I currently own is an almost 30lb 1990 Bianchi Osprey. I would like to start riding again, and have made a few tentative rides around the neighborhood. The cost of servicing, and making getting new brakes, cables etc will be over $100. I am thinking a new bike would make more sense than putting money into the old bike.
I want to start riding again, because it is the only form of exercise I ever enjoyed. I will be riding almost exclusively on good roads, mainly flat, with invisible hills (almost constant wind) I have NO inclination to even try drop bars. I have short arms, and legs, with a long torso. (31 & 1/2"pant inseam 6'1"
I ride a mountain bike for the strength and durability, but I am thinking of a hybrid for more speed, and fun. The LBS carry Trek, Gary Fisher, and Specialized.
The one with the best service carries Gary Fisher and Trek.
I have a budget of up to $500.
I really do not want to have to do a lot of upgrades to make the bike sturdy enough to hold up to my weight. I think a mountain bike with slicks would be most sensible, but I am curious about the hybrid with larger wheels. Would I crush the hybrid? Would the hybrid really be more fun on the road? Stick with a mountain bike? Opinions please?? Thanks in advance.