I'm 40 years old, 6' 5" tall and I'm down to 275 from a high of 445 about several years ago. I'm hoping to get to around 230-240 but i'm not really sure as far as weight goes. I'm really focused on fitness, losing my gut and overall health. I'm really trying to make this a lifestyle change and focus more on long term improvements that will keep me going in the right direction.
About 2-3 months ago I really started looking at ways to add more excercise to my daily routine. Previously I had a gym membership, treadmills, walking, lifting weights, etc... There was really nothing that I enjoyed enough to get excited about.
Then I decided to use my father in law's old Trek Mountain Track 800 that was in the garage. Well after re-learning how to ride a bike again after 25 years or so I'm hooked! I started out riding about a mile and I am now up to riding around 8-10 miles five or so days a week.
I've decided that this old bike really doesn't fit me all that well and I am longing to ride farther, work up endurance for longer rides and have the option for long weekend rides. I know this old mountain bike isn't going to cut it.
I have been to 3 local bike shops looking at various models and doing as much research as I can. I really think i'm leaning toward a road bike. Some of the bike shops really are pushing the commuter or hybrid bikes. I like the idea of having more comfort (after getting used to it) and the option to work up to long rides.
My budget is an issue. I really need to keep this under 1k if at all possible. Even if I need to perform more upgrades at a later time. I have to talk the wife into the investment and she thinks its crazy to spend that much on a bicycle.
So far some of the bikes I've looked at are as follows:
Trek 1.2 ($899)
Novara (around $1k)
I'm leaning toward the Trek, but I wonder if I need to just try to find one used on Craiglist or ebay instead and try to get a little better bike, or one more suited for my weight/height since it may be hard to get one for the price range I'm looking for.
I'm also looking at options on sites like bikesdirect.com. I want to get the best bang for the buck on something that will support my weight, get me started and I can upgrade as needed.
I'm also not sure about the size I need. That seems hard to find. I'm wonder if I truly do need a 62cm-64cm bike. These do seem harder to find.
Any help is appreciated. I appreciate it.