Good afternoon everyone.
First off id like to give you what im hoping will be a brief background on myself. Im 33 years old and have not ridden a bike since i was about 16. reason being is i was just too heavy to do it anymore. my highest weight was 585 lbs, january 2010 i underwent gastric bypass surgery and am now sitting at 331 lbs. Im in the gym a lot but am looking to take my cardio outside during the spring/summer months. Id like to get back into cycling because i loved doing it as a young boy and to also prove to myself im no longer "too fat for that"
SO what im getting at i guess is where do i start? i want a durable bike that will not fall apart on me. my most common problem back when i was riding was the pedals. the "guts" inside where the pedals connected to the arms snapped like twigs. not to mention the spot that housed the bearing assembly where the arms drive the chain. (hope you know where im talking about)
Im also not a very rich man. i simply cannot afford to dish out 600+ dollars on a bike. but i dont want to waste my money on a "canadian tire special"
any tips or advise would be greatly appreciated.