Hi, first post, 355lb, 5'11, and looks like I'm getting a bike soon.
I went to a few bike shops yesterday, and rode a mountain bike for the first time in maybe 10 years. I'm so mad I didn't try sooner.
First bike shop was more of an all-around sports shop, they also sold canoes, kayaks, etc. I felt that the bikes were more of an afterthought, spoke with a couple of the people there, while they sounded knowledgeable and did listen, they didn't seem to offer the whole proper fitting thing. They sold Kona and Scott USA bicycles, the Scott USA's were on sale for 25% off. Test-rode one of the Scott USA bikes, didn't like it at all.
Second bike shop, the owner is maybe in his 70's, at least, and did more talking than ever, but really didn't want to listen to my concerns, and didn't have any bikes that were my size put together, his attitude makes me not want to go back.
Third bike shop, I test-rode a Trek, I'm forgetting the model, the Trek had the fork lockout, and mechanical disks. I liked it, but it didn't seem quite right, and the next bike I test-rode blew me away. For me the Gary Fisher Mako seems like an amazing bike, although I won't be getting the discs on it, and the fork doesn't have the lockout, the dimensions of it were much better for me.
So, I've pretty much decided on the Gary Fisher Mako for my first bike in 10 years. I'm just not sure what I should get with it for certain accessories. I know I need a helmet, and I want the bike computer thing, for current speed/elevation/avg. speed, maybe some sort of cadence detection and heartrate monitor. I'm just not sure what one to get, so I'm looking for recommendations, preferably in the $20-60 budget.
Thanks for any suggestions/help you can give in advance.