I'm looking at getting a bike that will serve one main purpose - get me in better shape. Here's my deal:
-I weigh 240lbs
-I'll be riding probably 60% paved/25% packed stone/15% dirt
-I don't want to spend more than $700 (on the bike alone)
-I want something that is more suited for speed rather than comfort
-Craigslist isn't really an option
-I have seen the 7.3 FX in person and I really like it, but I haven't ridden it or been fitted for it yet
Otherwise, I was thinking of getting a cheapo road bike for fitness for under $250 and then get a cheap mountain bike for fun on the local trails. The only issue is that I am moving into an apartment, so space is an issue and if I can find a good bike that can reliably/realistically do both, that would be ideal.
Also, can the handlebars be swapped on the 7.3? For instance, I know on longer rides I'll probably get tired of the straight bars.
I appreciate any help/opinions.