This is my first post here after some considerable reading in the Commute Section as well as here.
I'll start out by saying that I haven't truly owned a Bicycle in about a decade, (when I was nine!) and a little background. I have borrowed a few from some people for a week or so, but I haven't owned one. Since then I have gained some weight and I have concerns about just buying any old bicycle.
I am 5'11, and at last weigh I was 235. This was nearly a year ago, however due to my sedentary lifestyle (Damn you internet!) I am sure I am either near 250 or slightly past it. So! I had been taking the bus to and from my University (Willamette University in Salem, OR), and I figure it would be healthy (and even fun!) to actually exercise. I have started walking instead of taking the bus, and now I think I am ready for a Bicycle. (Seems much more efficient!).
I didn't really feel comfortable just buying a Bicycle without knowing much about brands, tools, and how my above-average weight would fit in. So here I am! I have about $600.00 USD set aside for a Bicycle, but being a student I would love if it was less (For tools, Rack.. Top Ramen.. You know, basics.) I really need an everyday bicycle that will likely be used an average of 6-10 miles a day.
TL;DR I am a little (perhaps a bit more than that) overweight, have little knowledge about bicycles and need some advice in what to buy. (Something Sturdy!) [I really need an everyday bicycle that will likely be used an average of 6-10 miles a day.]
I've taken note of this thread, and some others about what tools I will need. Good thing I found this place, or I would have never thought to buy some of these things.
Advice for New Commuters
Quick Edit: The bike I have been looking at is the Redline R530, And it is pretty much what I am looking for except for Two things, Price and my Weight. It would be great if I could find one that has what this bike offers, and to be sure it will be all right for me to ride. (I have heard horror stories about spokes on bikes)