My name is Scott and I'm a graduate student in Chicago. I originally moved here from Central Missouri, where I mostly rode gravel and paved city trails (KATY trail). When I moved to Chicago I had my bike stolen last year and am in the process of looking for a new hybrid to hit the trail with this spring.
I had a Gary Fisher Librano (SP?) hybrid which I had quite a bit of trouble with broken spokes. I am looking more at Trek or Giant now.
I am a hefty fellow (290 lbs) and try to ride quite often and am working on losing weight. I need a bike that can handle my weight but doesn't feel like I'm pedaling a monster truck. I am in the $7-800 dollar price range and wondering what a good model to look at would be. I will also definitely be investing in a Kryptonite lock as well, lol.
Any questions or info would be appreciated. Thanks! Glad to be a part of the forum.