My future wife and I went out to get new bikes last night and I just have a few questions. I am a big guy at 6 feet tall and 286 pounds. I lost a lot of weight about 2 years ago but slowly put it back on as I stopped walking and started eating out all the time. The area we live has a little park with a 8 mile path and there are a lot of others in the area as well, so we are going with bikes.
So last night we went to the local Trek Store and tried out a few bikes. She is going to go with a Womens 7000 as most others she had trouble getting on or just didn't feel as good. I tried the 7000 but had a hell of a time just getting on the frame size I need. I ended up actually really liking the FX 7.2 for feel, and I had a much better time getting on it. The only thing I worry about is that I know some dirt trails that I don't think these would work on, but I know a mountain bike would be a poor choice for most of our riding as well.
The bikes are bought and paid for but still there as they didn't have the bike rack in stock so we are going back Sunday to pick it all up. We do get up to 30 days to decide on the bikes for sure though. These will be the only bikes we have for a long while, saving for a house and such. Are either of these a big mistake? Is there a bike that I am missing that would handle a dirt path and roads better?