I'm 6'4 360 and I'm looking to get onto a bike and get moving. I've been on a walking plan and dropped some weight but its just so boring I want to try something different. Some of my friends bike all over town and love it so I thought I'd give it a try. I know threads like this get posted all the time, sorry!
I have been trying to read about good bikes for uber clydes on this forum but I have a few questions that you can hopefully answer. My main concerns are safety (I don't want to have something on the bike break while I'm on it and send me crashing/injury) and also be able to get up to 10-15 mph rides on paved road eventually. I think that is the speeds my friends do when just riding around town, they aren't racers, just go places on bike. I don't want to slow them down too much, although they said they would go slower with me.
I want to buy a new bike for $600 or under simply to get the best fit for me at the lbs. Hopefully sales people will know what I need in terms of frame size.
1. Hybrid or mountain bike or casual commuter? I definitely don't want to be in a road bike seating position. Will both hybrids and mountain bikes support me? I read that mountain bikes are better for uber clydes and if you get slick tires on them they are fine to use around town. I know either bike I should probably get 36 spoke wheels.
2. I read that bikes with no suspension are best for uber clydes, but looking around at some of the recommended mountain bikes (specialized hardrock for example), I notice these have front suspensions on them? Is there a good bike that I can purchase for $500-600 that has no suspension or am I being too worried? I notice hybrid / commuters like the trek 7.2 fx and kona dew do not have suspensions but cannot find any new mountain bikes without them? Maybe I'm looking at the wrong stuff.
3. Any bike recommendations for under $600? Hybrid or mountain or casual that will support me and make me not feel like I'm going to break the front suspension and also be able to get up to an ok speed.
thanks for any and all help