I just joined today, on a nearly 200lb weight loss treck. I've got 80ish lbs to go, and I have decided to incorporate a new form of exercise into my life. Looking to ride 2-3 times a week, mainly on streets and paved paths and some occasional dirt roads.
I think at this point a Hybrid style bike is what I'm after. The issue is mainly budget. I tried out a few bikes at Walmart and Target, but at my current weight of 275lbs, I didn't not feel these would stand up to my weight for long at all. Especially the pedals, I could feel some of them flexing. Granted I didn't look at anything over $200, but if I'm going to break that mark, I want to go to a local shop anyway.
I have no idea where to begin, but I do have a place pretty close called Sun and Ski sports in Houston. They have several models $350 and under I was looking at. My only real interest at this time is excercise, something that can handle my right, and a bike that offers an nice upright riding position.
These are the ones I'm considering, would they be good choices?
Specialized Globe Carmel 700 Comfort Bike '09 $299.99
Haro Heartland Ltd Comfort Bike '10 $349.99
Marin Kentfield FS Hybrid Bike '09 $349.99
I know nothing of brands anymore I had a Trek when I was younger, and a friend with a Specialized and we thought they were good bikes then.
275lbs, 5' 11"