Hello, I am new to BikeForums. Hopefully I can get some good advice.
I made a new years resolution this past new years to attempt to lose weight and get into shape. At that time I weighed over 400 lbs. I have been exercising on a stationary exercise bike since then. I put it in my television room and moved the couch out. Now when I watch TV I also am on the bike. I also began eating healthier and limiting my food intake. Now, eight months later, I have lost just over 50 lbs and weigh 350 even.
I would like to start bicycling "for real". When I was a kid I biked everywhere and remember really enjoying it. After eight months, I think I'm ready to give it a go. Currently, I don't even own a bike.
I'm looking for any advice I can get. What kind of bike to get? Do I need anything special due to my weight? After reading about heavy riders having problems with broken spokes, I am particularly concerned about wheels. I crushed the first exercise bike I bought and I'm afraid if I buy just any bike the same thing might happen to it. I am fully committed to this and am willing to make a sizable investment, but I don't have unlimited funds. While looking up bikes online I noticed that some can cost thousands of dollars and I simply can't afford that much. $500 is doable though.