Clyde looking for first bike
Hi guys/gals, I need a little insight into purchasing my first bike. I haven't rode much since I was a kid, but now I want to get into it, for fitness and fun.
A little history about me.
I am 6'7 and weigh 263. Last March I weighed in at a 377lbs. Since then I have turned my life around and quit being a lazy couch potato to a active person. I now frequent the gym for strength training and cardio.
Now for why I'm here:
With spring here I am wanting to continue my fitness but want to get outside more(I am a avid outdoorsman.) I really want to take up biking but I am a complete noob when it comes to bicycles. My riding will be about 60% paved roads, trails, and 40% offroad, dirt trails. I need help choosing the type of bike that will fit my needs the best. I know I do not want a road bike, something more recreational/hybrid. Also my height is a big concern because I want something that will fit me and be comfortable to ride. The most I'd like to spend is $1000, bike only, not including helmet, lock, etc.
I plan to visit a few LBS to get more opinions but I figured I'd get the best advice here that way I somewhat know what to look for before I go shopping.