I'm a 360lb 45 year old, who needs to get off his butt and get some exercise. About the only thing I've ever liked to do was ride a bike, so after 20+ years I decided to look into getting back on a bike. I hit the web and found this site which is an amazing resource - thanks to everyone here I've learned a lot about getting back on the road.
I'm comparing 2 options; rehab my old road bike or purchase a new hybird bike. Fixing the old road bike will be cheaper, but I have some concerns about riding comfort given my size. (Money isn't a major concern in the decision). I'll be sticking to roads and bike trails, not going off-road.
Option 1) Old Road Bike
I have a 1982 Peugeot UO-10 road bike which has 27" x1.25 rims with 36 spokes with 1" tires. It would need a complete teardown since it has been sitting for 20+ years. I could get this bike overhauled, wheels trued and tensioned and possibly replace the tires with 1.25" tires. I figure this would take around $200 to complete. I have a few questions though:
1) Are the wheels 36 spoke because they are 27" and not 700's? (I guess I am asking if this is equal to a 32 spoke 700c wheel since the 27" wheel is taller) Would they be strong enough? These are Rigida alloy rims.
2) Can the 1" tires be replaced with 1.25" tires?
Option 2) New Hybrid
The advantage here is the more upright riding position and the fact that the bike will be new. I tried a Trek 7.1 (LBS didn't have a 7.3 in my size) and a Specialized Sirrus Elite Disk. I was much more comfortable on the Sirrus. If purchasing I would probably order a Sirrus Sport.
Any input/experience would be greatly appreciated.