Sorry, I'm sure you get tons of threads like these. Basically I'm looking at a 250$ bike to start off with. I'm a 5'7 female and I weigh about 262. I'm looking at a Schwinn Solitaire Hybrid bike (walmart page found here: http://www.walmart.com/ip/700C-Women...-Bike/13398141). It has generally good reviews which is good.
It's said that the max weight for the bike is 275, and someone claims to be like 310 and riding it great under their reviews, but that could be anyone just saying that, and I'm nervous about being so close to the max weight for it. I have a morbid fear of trying to ride a bike and breaking it due to my weight and feeling so embarassed.
What do you guys think? The worse surface I plan to ride on is gravel. Safe for me to ride? Other suggestions? 250$ is my max price for a bike... it's not much, I know.
I'd appreciate your expertise.