My husband and I both lost 40+ pounds a year ago and after becoming foster parents and quitting the gym, put it back on. We're in our mid 20's and needed a way to stay in shape that can include the kids and decided to buy some bikes this year. I'm a full time mom, student and employee so I don't have a lot of extra time, but I thought this would be a great weekend activity. I originally thought I could just go to the store, pick out a bike I liked and be done with it - but luckily I'm an avid review reader and quickly found out with our size (220 and 250 pounds) it won't be that easy.
Can anyone steer me in the right direction in finding bikes? We can't spend more than $150-200 a piece for them. I know I want to aim for steel wheels and wide seats but is there anything else I need to look for or avoid? We're fairly close to the average bike weight limits so do we specifically need to find "plus sized" bikes? Also, as far as road or mountain bikes I don't know which to lean towards. We have access to both types of bike trails in my area.
Thanks from the DFW/Arlington, Texas