Greetings to all in here. I want to first say that I am new here on this forum website. I never knew that the Clydesdale forum that's on this website was for big guys like me. I am so very glad that I found this place. I am just starting out to get into bicycling and I want to become an avid cyclist and to do this as a form of exercising as well as a hobby.
I already purchased a bicycle for myself to start out. The bike that I bought is a cheaper brand AVIGO RIALTO 26" inch, 7 speed comfort bike. My AVIGO RIALTO will be used for regular bike trail and street/commuting.
After reading many threads here in the Clydesdale section of the website, I am starting to become concerned about the different selection of bicycles for myself because of my weight.
I currently weigh at 263.5 LBS with my clothes and shoes on and I am 5' feet and 11" inches tall. Even though I already own a bicycle, I will more than likely be in the market to purchase another "better quality" bicycle later on in the spring or summertime as I progress into doing more serious cycling. I am worried that my choices of bicycles that will be available to choose from will be limited because of my weight.
I have been looking online a lot at the various bicycles which I think that I like. The bicycles which I am really interested in that I like the most are mainly Comfort bikes. I will be doing mostly bike trail and street/commuting on my bicycle. I more than likely will not be doing any mountain biking, but I would like the bike that I get to be durable enough to ride and take on an unpaved dirt road if necessary. I don't mind owning a mountain bike, but I like the old English style bikes better than the mountain bikes. I've tried out a few mountain bikes and I find that they are not very comfortable either because of the seats being uncomfortable or because of the leaning forward that I need to do while pedaling a mountain bike. I would rather be in sitting position rather than a bent over or a forward bent over position while pedaling a bicycle. I want the bike that I choose to feel comfortable when I ride it. Especially if I am going to be spending a few hours at a time riding it. The current AVIGO RIALTO 7 Speed which I own right now is very comfortable to sit on and ride. I would like the 2nd bike that I choose to also feel nice and comfortable to sit on and to ride too just like my AVIGO RIALTO does.
Below I have a list of the bikes which I like that I would choose from when I am ready to make my purchase. They are:
1. 2009 Breezer Freedom Hybrid 3 Speed Comfort Bike
2. Schwinn Johnny Coasting 3 Speed
3. Schwinn Willy 7 Speed Comfort Bike
4. 2009 Nova Transfer 7 Speed with the internal rear hub
5. Pake Urban 6 Speed (www.pakebikes.com)
6. 2009 Raleigh Detour Deluxe 24 Speed with Disc brakes
I've noticed that all or most of the bicycles which I like that I listed above have "skinny" tires and rims. After reading a lot of the posts in the Clydesdale section of this forum, I am starting to worry that the bicycle choices that I've narrowed down to which I listed above that I like might pose a problem because of my 236.5 LBS weight. I am afraid that the rims, the tires or even the bike frame might not be able to sustain my current weight. I really don't want to have to choose a mountain bike if I don't have to. I would prefer to get a comfort bike with a durable frame, durable rims and durable tires that can sustain my weight and that can be driven on bike paths and/or on unpaved dirt roads and on the street/pavement for commuting. I am currently on a tight budget and I want to spend between $300 to $700 or less if I can.
I would like to know whether or not the bicycles that I've listed above will be good choices for me if you take my weight into consideration? Which bicycles that are in the list do you think will be suitable for me? What weaknesses do each of the bicycles that I listed above have?
Which other comfort bicycles do you recommend? Also, if you think that the mountain bike route is better for me, which mountain bikes do you recommend for me? I hope that you will be able to help me so I can have an easier time making a decision to choose a decent bicycle for myself for my needs. Your input will be greatly appreciated.