So after about 7 years without a bike, I finally managed to convince the wife to let me buy one. I had my sights set on something more expensive than she did tho, and after being brought back down to reality, she let me spend about 500.
Wow. Not much.
I cruised craigslist for several weeks before finding a Felt SR71 that was my size and in excellent condition. It has hardly seen any use at all. It's a flat bar road bike with decent components overall. It does come with a dura-ace rear derailleur which is pretty nice. Its several years old but it still shifts WAY better than the soara and tiagra stuff that I was looking at on the newer more expensive bikes.
The only thing that I don't know if I particularly like is the flat bar. I want to see what kind of cost and labour is involved in changing it over to a drop bar bike. And a new saddle. The stock felt one on there is pretty bad.
Other than that I really like the bike and I think I managed to get it at a fairly decent price.
I am sitting at about 307 right now and hope to get down to my post high school weight of about 180. Long way to go, I know, but I have the wife to help keep me on track. She just lost about 70 lbs working with a trainer and doing a TEAM fitness thing. I tried it, but I cannot stand to be on a treadmill inside walking for that long. I would rather go outside and do something... like ride a bike!
I just felt like telling people about my new bike. I'm pretty excited about it and can't wait until I get a chance to take it out for my first real ride.
Thanks for reading!