Hey all, I originally checked for help via the /r/bicycling forum on Reddit, and somebody was kind enough to point me in the direction of this site, so I'm hoping someone can help me.
As stated in the title, I'm an obese man. Due to issues with my lower back, which is exacerbated by my weight, being on my feet for any length of time is extraordinarily painful, making walking anywhere quite a huge pain in the butt. As such, I'm hoping to find a bike that I can ride, alleviating the pain in my back, and giving me an alternate form of exercise.
The problem is, I can't really afford to shell out $2,000+ for a bicycle. I need a bike that will support up to 550 lbs, and all the online retailers I've looked at don't seem to sell any bikes of that carrying capacity for less than a couple grand. I thought that trying to find a bike used would be a good alternative, but that's when I hit my brick wall.
I don't actually know what I'm looking for.
I only now realize that there are a load of different types of frames, wheels, chains, gears, brakes, and everything else under the sun, and I just don't know what I should be looking for. Google doesn't do me any good if I don't know what key words I should be using, you know?
So, can anybody help me in my predicament? Something as simple as telling me what sort of bike I should be looking for, or a cheaper alternative to the expensive retailers I've found online... just something to help me narrow my search a bit!
I looked over the stickies, and the sheer number of links were pretty daunting, so if my question is answered somewhere in there, I apologize for bothering you over something that's already been discussed!