I am looking to get back into riding again after a few decades and I know nothing about brands other than to avoid cheap wally bikes. I am 45, and 250 lbs and climbing, and getting calf injuries from jogging and walking.
And I just quit smoking, so, jogging an 11 minute mile was for me a major triumph, but then I got the calf injuries, and my shins don't feel so great, and that is why I am thinking about a bike.
So, I know right now I probably want a comfort bike, just to get me back into riding, without having to scrunch over or fit my butt on a tiny seat, which will make me hate being on the bike, defeating the purpose.
I went to the LBS and he told me his best seller is the Raleigh Route 3.0, and it does feel fairly comfortable on my little test ride.
$385 + tax, as opposed to a couple other bikes I have seen on Craigslist, like a Trek Navigator, but I wanna buy from a local owner operated business if possible, unless I can get a major steal on a used bike.
So, is this a good bike, I had a Raleigh as a teen ager, and it was alright, but that was 20+ years ago, or should I be looking at another model?