First I'd like to thank everyone for their advice.
I know it's not top of the line but money is pretty tight for me right now. I was able to get the bike a computer and helmet for $425ish. Pump and repair kit will come next but I have loaner ones for now. I figure it can be my 'learn how to fix stuff' bike if things break. The only thing I'm concerned about is the pedals. I'd like to get some metal ones asap.
I'm also happy I went with the standard seat instead of the comfy one. My bum will just have to deal with being sore for a while.
I rode 4.6 miles today but I had to dismount twice up some steep hills. I plan on doing 6-7 miles tomorrow but it will be all flat. Tomorrow will be better exercise because I won't be coasting like today.
Don't mind the rifle. I took the pic for my home forum and it's the only pic I have at the moment.
So here she is....
I was referred here from my 'home' forum after asking some bike questions. I've been poking around and this looks like a great site.
I just turned 23 and I'm in the middle of a big move. I'm moving to the 'big' city (Albuquerque) and I'd like to be able to bike to work and school.
I have been exercising for the last few months and I think I've already lost 15-20 pounds. This sounds great but it's really a drop in the bucket. I'm a little over 6' but the last Weight Watchers meeting I went to I weighed in at 389 lbs. There is some good news though. I am actually very mobile for a guy my size. I walk 18 holes of golf at LEAST once a week and I was able to walk 6 miles the other morning because of to much (couldn't drive and wasn't going to sleep on hard wood floors).
I've been looking at getting a cruiser/hybrid type bike. It is some what hilly around here so I think gears will be a good idea. I'm also really skittish about riding on the roads. Any tips on overcoming this fear?
What kind of budget do I need to set aside for this? Any other gear I need to include in that cost?
The last bike I had was a Mongoose something or other from Wal-Mart when I was in seventh grade. I'm a huge noob so don't be afraid of sounding condescending.
Any advice is appreciated.