So far, all my research has been on the forums, and on the web. See my first thread here if you like about "Am I dreaming, or is This Possible" - to see where i am at (the long version). The short version is a knee replacement in the next 60-90 days, been off a bike for 30 yrs, weigh bout 370lbs. Want the first bike cheap and new - was hoping to be around $200-300 bucks - but that looks bad to me.
Realistic is the $400 to $550 range plus tax plus gear (helment, lock, fenders, pump, etc) - Looks, comfort, ease-of-use are critical, and am thinking the first bike to get me past the re-learnng, the pains, the long 200 yard rides, etc... then when I find I am maxed by what the bike can do hill-wise, or distance-wise, etc - I can upgrade to perhaps a hybrid, or touring-type-style bike?
I went to a LBS for the first time last night. Not Commision, slow night, guy spent 90+ minutes with me, he focused on two bikes - he only had the Electra Townie 7D built (but I have been all over the site, and he stated he can get whatever one I wish), and he compared it too a Trek Navigator 2.0 - both were bout the $400 buck range, both would need fenders and rack, etc.. the Electra would be a wide-geared 7-SP, the Trek a 21-SP.
If you have not done so - do some reading about Electra's Flat-footed concept - where you are flat-footed on the ground while sitting on the seat - yet have the proper pedel angle and distance, etc - seems very, very comfortable.
Comparing features - the TRrek has way more "bang for the buck", but the Electra has way more "style for money in my eyes" The "Euro 8I, or perhaps the "Balloon 9D" are making me drool - can we say "comfort ride"?
Thoughts and knowledge please?
Remember what I came from 30yrs ago! A 1979 Shcwinn Le Tour - was into distance riding, but today's upright wide-geared 7-Sp Electra will out-power, and out-hill pull that old Le Tour - and, with my weight, and my knee knee, how long will it be before I will be standing on the pegs and cranking??? Might as well call me a Newbie all over again, and a really big one at that?! So - stay with the comfort/cruiser, under $500 range please??
Yes, am drolling over the KHS Urban-X - but I think that is too much bike for me to start! Thoughts?