I used to love riding, but I haven't ridden in years. The last bike I had wasn't sufficient for my size and that was when I weighed way less than I do now. But, I've got to make a change. I'm 5'11 carrying a "svelt" 335lbs give or take. I'm on a super tight budget, especially considering, it's hard to justify an expense without a history showing I will actually use it. I did some research last night and saw suggestions for the Specialized Hard Rock, the Giant Sedona and some other more expensive bikes like the Kona Hoss.
I'm not sure what size bike I need and I plan on going into my LBS to check things out and get some information from them, but i'm not sure if I can afford a new bike from them.
I have found a few on Craigslist that might work, but I don't really know and would love any and all advice you all are willing to give. Whether it be about the bikes below or about a totally different route.
Giant Rincon 21 sp, 19.5" for $175
Specialized Hard Rock 21 sp, says is for persons 6' to 6'6" with a cross bar height of 34"- it's only $100
Giant Escape 2, 700x32, 700c w/ lots of extras for $350
Unfortunately, as I read through things I don't know what a lot of it means. Heck I'm not even sure when I'm supposed to shift and to what gear!