My rear hasn't touched a bicycle since I was a youngster. (Is it true that you never forget how to ride a bike?) I feel totally out of my element here, so I knew that a forum was the right place to come! Articles and such on the internet only give you one opinion. Forums are my preferred way of getting information because you can get so many different opinions on matters.
Anyway... last November, I weighed over 400 lbs. I am just finishing up with the 300's and should be in the 200's any day now, hopefully. I am 5'4" on a good day, if that helps. Losing my weight has been quite a journey and it is obviously not yet finished. (Nor will it ever be.) Over the winter, Zumba was my best friend! I still love it, but as it warmed up outside, I found myself taking a lot of walks down through the riverside park in our town on non-Zumba nights.
I had been thinking about other ways to add to my exercise regime that sounded fun, and wouldn't you know, I saw the prettiest purple bike at the exit of our local Walmart. I snapped a picture so that I could look up the bike when I got home. The bike is on clearance, hence the location, and may not be available for long, but I'm more worried about finding the bike that is right for me rather than the first one that catches my eye. Here she is: http://www.walmart.com/ip/700c-Ladie...elmet/16480715
Now, I've read the stickies and some plus-size cyclist articles on the internet, but I still feel so lost in what it is that I need. What could I consider "good enough" to start out with and find out just how much I enjoy biking before I spend a lot of money on something that will last me considerably longer?
I live in Millersburg, PA, which is a small town by the Susquehanna River. I make frequent runs to the post office, grocery store, and pharmacy in town, as well as the paved trail in our riverside park. However, my brother's house is six miles away and it is 8 miles to work. It's a very quick drive and if I do well on a bicycle, perhaps it would be a great way to make that trip. Am I underestimating that mileage?
I don't feel concerned with getting the best equipment right off the bat here, UNLESS it means that I'll bust a spoke halfway to my brother's house and be SOL on the side of the road. Yikes! If that is the difference between a $200-300 bike and a $500-800 bike, this may not be the adventure for me.
Does anyone have any advice for this lost newbie?