A little history. I used to ride my mountain bike a lot. My favorite trip was a 30 mile round trip ride to Lake Pueblo and back. The bike was a basic Trek and it was one of the activities I loved to do to stay in shape. Fast forward 15 years, a hamstring injury, desk job plus kids and I am 100 lbs heavier and need to get things moving again. I have lost 50 lbs so far but still have at least 80 lbs to go.
I have read the posts and have seen people my weight but not many that are my weight and my height. I need help on what size bike to start looking at and what makes for someone as big as me. Pueblo has a lot of off road trails to ride and not many paved trails. Lake Pueblo also has a bunch of trails which is why I am leaning towards a mountain bike again. I saw the posts on Specialized, Giants and Treks. Any other bikes to look at? Typical nature of mine is to want to spend $1500 on a Kona but that make no sense if I don't ride it or my needs change. I ride a stationary bike at home but that gets old fast and I need something to keep me motivated. Thanks in advance.