Hi. New clydesdale here looking to purchase a new bike with a $400-700 range. Admittedly I dont have much cycling knowledge though plan to buy a book or 3 on the subject soon. Itll be mostly road/paths but will want to go offroad so would rather have a mtb with tires more suited for the road than a hybrid(though i dont know where id be offroading in arizona for awhile) and ill be riding it to lose weight(hopefully) by riding to places like south mountain, phoenix zoo, and world wildlife zoo. Roughly 310 pounds so looking for more durability and reliability than light weight. Currently eyeing trek marlin, trek 820, trek 4300, specialized hardrock sport disc 29, specialized hardrock disc 29, giant talon 2. Also considering diamondback trace pro dual sport, and diamondback overdrive comp 29. Though the last two are over my budget. Dont really know which to get as I kinda like them all lol. If theres any others you all would like to suggest Im open to it. Sadly theres not many bike shops that have a different variety of different brands but i dont mind riding the bus 2 hours for a bike shop with great service and prices. Currently riding a cheap full suspension bike(like walmart price bike though from sams club) and wanting a hardtail for now. Thanks for any advice and information can provide!
edit: oh if you want to check the shops im probably going to be using are landis, slippery pig(interesting name lol), bikebarnaz.com, tempe bicycle, and umm cant remember any others off hand. Was considering used but considering my major lack of knowledge(and skills) of parts and being able to maintain them or fix them means im going new. going to keep my old bike even after getting new for simple training on maintenance and try things out on it so if i mess up its not the nice shiny new bike that i mess up lol
edit: while ive just read the stickie about for exercise a road. 1. never ridden so i dont know if getting used to would help or hinder. 2. ive been very inactive so ill be starting with small rides of just a few miles as i am very out of shape sadly. 3. i dont think i could afford a road bike with wheels that would hold my weight but i could be wrong?
ps: sorry for rambling so long