OK. So, I'm more of a Bear than a Clydesdale, but oh well.
Where do I start when looking for a biike?
Head to an LBS and just say, "I need something that's going to support my weight"?
From what I've read, I need a bike with wheels that have 36+ spokes, probably a reinforced seat of some kind, etc.
I will be mostly riding on pavement or light trails (not planning on heading into the deep woods anytime soon).
Can I start with a 'stock' Specialized Hardrock Sport or something like that? I'd like to get in and out for less than $500 for my entry level bike. Am I out of my mind?
Is there a checklist of things that I should take with me to the LBS (36+ spokes, reinfoced seat, <insert additional requirements here>, etc)?
Maybe I need the handlebar elevated a little so I'm more upright?
Any help would really be appreciated!
I'm 5'10", 425 pounds. 28" inseam.