I will give you some background information. I am currently 38, 6"3 and weigh 495lbs. My highest has been 530 lbs and was an on again/off again weight watchers guy. I decided a few weeks ago this is it and time to take my life back or I am going to die. I have two girls 9 and 11, I can't do that to them. I have since lost about 20lbs in the last few weeks and started weight watchers again.
We went on a camping trip a few weeks ago and I watched my friends, my wife and my kids riding all around the park and really missed it. Figuring I was too big to ride a bike, I decided my goal for camping next year, was to ride bikes with them. So, I have been riding my Schwinn Aerodyne exercise bike since I have been back. I found this site and read about some of the guys as big as me riding bikes so I thought maybe I could do it now. What do you think? Unfortunately, things are a little tight moneywise now. I researched the threads for an entry level bike capable of holding me and came across these models:
Specialized Hard Rock
Any other recommendations? I figure I need a mountain bike or at least a hybrid and I will need to have a rear tire specially made with 36 or 40 spoke wheel. I read I do not want suspension. My goal is to just ride with my family for some exercise. Mostly road riding but will have some major hills (going to try to stay away from for awhile). I do have a very nice bike shop very close and we seem to have many hardcore riders in our town.
I did find a nice 2003 Trek 7300 on Craigslist in my size 22.5" frame. Any information on this.
Any other help would be appreciated as I start on this journey.