Firstly, I am so happy to have found this forum!! Over the past few months, I've gone from 312 lbs down to 264 lbs at the moment. However, I am still very much in Athena territory!
I'm looking for an awesome bike as I'm working towards a triathlon - one of my fitness goals. I went into the LBS yesterday, and they recommended a hybrid for comfort and stability.
I used to ride a MTB to and from university, but in the last few years, haven't ridden at all. My thinking is that maybe a hybrid would be good initially, I would ultimately want a road bike. My budget is $1,000, but am willing to spend more if I need to. My thoughts are that even if I got a hybrid, I would eventually want to go faster, so would upgrade quite quickly.
Having read your excellent posts, I'm thinking of a Specialised Dolce. My main criteria are finding something that will safely hold my weight, and will be ok for triathlon training and competing when I get there (probably not competing for another 6 months).
Can anyone comment on whether my thinking regarding getting a road bike rather than a hybrid sounds ok? Or whether the Dolce is a good choice? Can anyone recommend any other bikes I may have overlooked?
Really looking forward to contributing to this forum once I get back into it!