I'm 6'4" 225Lbs, 36" inseam, new to biking, have been using a rowing machine for the past 2 years (Concept II) and before that a long-time casual runner (15-20 miles/week).
Due to some really interesting challenges at work, finding time to exercise is getting harder and harder.
One way out of my dilemma is to bike to work--frees up a car for daughter #1 as an added bonus. Living in Orlando FL, I'd be hard-pressed to find a hill, the weather is bike-friendly, and there are shower facilities at work. My commute will be @ 15 miles each way. City roads with a bit of bike path (paved). I'd like to commute 3 times a week. Here are is what I'm looking for:
- Straight handlebars
- bike needs to accommodate fenders, rack, panniers
- Know I need a light
- While I don't plan to ride in the rain, once at work, I will need to ride home regardless, so I need something that can withstand the elements
- 36 spoke wheels (?)--am I correct in thinking this provides a bit more protection for the wheel & against flats?
- Price point under $1,000 with the goodies
I understand that I will need to go to a local bike store to be measured, and that it's best to try the bike before one buys. While I am not opposed to buying a used bike, I simply don't have the time to invest in waiting and checking out what comes available. New is the way for me I think.
From what I've read, I think I need at least a 62cm bike (25"?). I've looked at:
I'd appreciate feedback from this group as to general advice & bike specific recommendations. Thanks!