I have read excellent and very motivating threads here in this forum, since I am a clydesdale too, I wanted introduce myself here. I am about 5ft10 and 51 yrs young.
I started my life style change, 6 months ago, when I was at 325 lbs.
I am now at 265 lbs. I did not exercise much during that time. My final weight goal is about 180 lbs.
As of yesterday I quit smoking too. I was smoking 20 cigarettes a day. I hope I'll never go back to smoking. It is a terrible habit and is very addictive. Cravings really hurt. Exercise is the best cure for cravings.
So here I am looking for a bike for almost a week now. If I can ride it a few hours each day, I am sure it will help me with my weight loss and also will keep me away from smoking.
Initially I started looking and Walmart/Target bikes. Only bike I found interesting is/was Schwinn Avenue at USD 265.- . After reading more on forums and internet, I decided to go with a hybrid from a LBS.
My 3 candidates are
Trek 7.2 fx
Giant Escape 1
Both Trek's are offered at the same price 499.-
Giant is a little more expensive, @ $ 530.-
I want to go with a Trek as I heard great things about their customer service.
Main difference b/n 7.2 fx and 7300 is, 7300 has suspension, which can be locked. in return it is heavier than 7.2fx and its saddle (although it is larger and softer) did not feel right. I believe firmer seat of 7.2fx felt better.
I will be riding mostly on roads here, I do not plan to go off road anytime soon, dealer wants to sell me the 7300 (its last years model he has in the showroom).
What do you think ?
Which one should I get (keep in mind the weight of the rider too)