Hello! I've been lurking for a few days and I'm ready to jump in. I'm a big clyde, 365lbs 6'3", looking to get back into riding. At 42 the joint pains and back injuries are starting to become normal. I'm not ready to let that happen. I'm no stranger to losing and gaining back lots of weight. Time to take it off, keep it off, and regain flexibility and fitness.
Enough about me. I want to ride on the road. Preferably create a hobby and lifestyle to keep things fun and interesting. My budget is up to $1000. I don't mind looking a little silly but I also dont want to crush wheels. I ran by my LBS but short on time didnt sit or ride. The sales guy was helpful and thought rather than a hybrid I should look at a Felt Z95. They have one in stock for $899 and it sounded like they will put me on a trainer and assist with fit.
I also looked at the Specialized Secteur online and plan to go see it at another LBS this weekend.
So am I dreaming to think I can get back in the saddle with what I see as a semi aggressive bike at my size and weight? Am I looking at this from the wrong angle? Or do I pull the trigger, work through the initial aches and pains, and never look back?
Also, if there are any other bikes you think would fit my needs/wants better, please enlighten me and tell me why.