I'm a 5'10" and about 290 lbs, Male, looking for a serious quality bike to start riding for exercise and hopefully loose some weight, get active and enjoy the outdoors.
I'll be using it mostly on the paved trails but might want to go down the train track trails too. I'm not going to be jumping curbs or anything rough but,
I would prefer something newish, and sturdy.
Looking for something not too comfy and laid back, but not too extreme also.
Preferably like a hybrid or mountain bike with slightly raised bars so my knees aren't in my gut,
but not so comfy that I can't put in a serious work out and go some distance.
I don't have much money, but would prefer to spend it on a used bike and hopefully get something a little bit nicer then the entry level ones I can afford new at the bike dealership.
Looking to spend anywhere between $100 and $500 depending on what it retails for new, and condition it is in now.
I have been to the Bike shop and have looked at Trek 7100?, Specialized Expedition and Giant Cypress, but I don't feel like those bikes are worth the money, seems like I would be better off getting a used bike.
On Craigslist there was a 2011 Trek 7.5 FX for $500 but I hesitated and it sold in a flash, I have also found some really affordable bikes like this:
High Sierra" 15-speed bike with road/mountain tires for $100
there also this Trek 700zx for $120:
Older Cannondale mountain bike with eliptical crank, medium frame size. The bike was tuned up last year has not been ridden since and is currently set up as a cross trainer, but new handle bars and tire change over it can be a full time mountain bike again.
this was like $150
2008 green 17" frame REI Novara Corsa is in excellent condition $225
is this a girl's bike?
and a year old Trek 7100 barely used for $300
any advice much appreciated.