I haven't owned a bike since I was 17. I haven't RIDDEN a bike since I was 17. That was 30 years ago. My longest ride at the time was from Valparaiso Florida to Flomaton Alabama (109 miles).
A few years ago I hit a high weight, (see my signature). I have poly-cystic ovarian disease, thyroid problems, diabetes, sleep apnea, psoriatic and ostreo arthritis, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, etc. My knees are shot, and I have had two operations on the right one. My last shot to put chemicals in my knee to buffer the meniscus is tomorrow, and I will be 'good' for about 6 months. Might have to do the left knee soon too. When I finish losing the rest of this weight, I will be scheduled for knee replacement. I have lost 110 pounds. I walk between 30 minutes and 90 minutes a day. My goal for walking is 4 hours a week. I want to add to the walking with biking with my teen girls. Neither of them have ridden a bike since they were about 10. *(They are 15)
So, I am in Arizona, city of Tempe, in the market for three bikes. Two for teen girls One is 5-1 and 105 pounds and the other 5-3 and 120 pounds, one VERY athletic,(volleyball, wrestling and cross country... one not so much - her idea of exercise is walking the dog a few times a day 100 feet to the dog park and back!).
I am 5-8. Short legs, long in the torso. I am at 323 or so (lost a lot this week). By the end of January I should be just under 300 going by how I have been losing.
We plan on using the bikes for now, in town, on the bike paths that go across town and along the lakes and canals in the area. We have a lot of streets with bike lanes. We also want to be able to take the bikes with us camping eventually. However, for now it will be biking around town together.
If something happens, and for whatever reason we have to leave the house with supplies and no car... bug out... I want the bike to be able to pull a small trailer too.
So what type of bike for a female, over 300lbs, and what kind of tires, spokes, seats etc. I can't wear biking apparel I don't think they come in 30-32 womens! I need a well padded seat, because despite my weight, my backside ISN'T well padded.