Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: 30 minutes North-West of Los Angeles.
Bikes: 2012 MotorHouse road bike. No. You can't get one.
Originally Posted by maidenfan
I'd recommend you head down to your local bike shop (or two) and ride a few different bikes - hybrids, road, whatever, it doesn't matter. Once you've ridden a few you'll get an idea of what you like and what fits. Then you can start shopping, used or new.
+1 The LBS will be able to look at you, talk with you for an extended period, try out some different models, things that can't be done online.
Keep in mind, they're going to want to know what kind/type of riding you want to do, and how soon you want to do it. Off-road, competitive, laid back cruising, on-road, will you be needing another bike in a month or will this one serve your purpose for years, things like that. Your back info: definitely good to tell them.
Also, today's bikes will probably be plenty strong for you. It will be the wheels that may give you problems. I'd aim for a 36-spoke wheel with box rims, hand finished & tightened by the resident master wheel builder. Insist on this or you may be coming back in to the shop every week to get the wheels trued up.