Now that i have my bike, and theres no "random thoughts" thread in this section, i guess i'll update this one periodically.
Don't see a thread with the requirements for help, so i'll post as much as i can to assist ya'll.
Im 5 ft 7 201 pounds 21 years old, yeah, it's not pretty.
I measured myself with shoes, flat footed theres 31.5 inches from the ground to my man parts. Tip toes adds another 5 inches.
Why i need help.
I know nothing about bikes, road them when i was younger, but never for fitness/commuting.I don't know why some bikes are more expensive than others, i didnt know what Shimano was until i googled I want to nip this weight gain in the bud before i spiral out of control, of course im gonna manage my diet better. Im not a good runner, and id love to explore using a bike while helping my situation.
I know cheap and good quality shouldnt be in the same sentence, but im gonna try anyway.
450 give or take is my budget willing to add a bit more if need be, but i'd like to keep it within that range, although its not set in stone.
What are my plans/goals
I plan on traveling to the gym, roughly 10 miles away according to googlemaps.
More than likely ill do that 4 times a week.Other three days i'll be cycling, miles? not sure, depends on how i feel.
Roads in my city arent the greatest i worry about car tires while driving on all those bumps, so bike tires i'll have anxiety issues when im out . I need something thats durable and wont get a flat easily. (I'll even consider specialized tires if they're not bank breakers).There arent many bike lanes here, about 1/4 of my gym trip has a bike lane, rest will be side walks, and im positive they'll have glass on them. And curbs, not all have a ramp, so i'll have to slow down and hop them. with those skinny tires i see this potentially being a major issue?
What type of bike i want.
Wouldnt mind a road bike with a flat bar, but they seem hard to come by, so its not a requirement.I want it to be relatively fast, light, and strong enough to take my weight, plus the few extra pounds i'll have in my backpack (maintenance gear) etc.
One thing that is a requirement
My funds are on paypal, so the site i buy from has to accept paypal, i know this throws a wrench in the plan, but i don't have any other options.
I was looking here http://www.bikesdirect.com/ , but as i said before, i know nothing about these types of bikes and why others are better and what to look for.
Thanks for reading.