I've been reading some posts of your's for a while now and I've been toying with the idea of getting a bike for a little over a year. I've recently moved to northern New Hampshire and I am surrounded by hiking and biking trails (the Balsalms resort has miles and miles of trails... www.balsalms.com I think). I also own four dogs and would love to be able to ride a bike while exercising them.
How do I find out what size frame to get for a bike? I'm 5'3" and we live near no bike shops... I will have to order everything online.
I need something as cheap as possible, I am just starting my business locally (before I was more near the capital of NH) and I am currently, technically, totally unemployed. Obviously I know big names are better.. but what is the cheapest I can go for but still has decent quality?
The huge huge huge issues:
I'm about 300 pounds... and because of this, I fear that I will be laughed out of a store, even if I drove the 3 hours to go to a bike shop, that they would just look at me funny. I know that my anxiety is ridicluous and that I should just shut up and go, but I can't, I probably wont.
I also have a huge fear of breaking a bike, and so I'm turning to you guys for your help and guidance.
Anything that may help you: I'll be riding on easy walking trails or roads mostly... I do not like the bikes that make you lean forward so much (like street riding cycling bikes), something that I can sit up mostly for would be best. If you need any more information, or can at least point me in the right direction, I would love you forever.