Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Seattle, WA
Bikes: Seven Evergreen, Co-Motion Americano
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First off, congratulations on the weight loss. That's great.
What kind of riding do you plan to do (commute to work, working up to a century, gravel roads, logging roads, etc.)? I think it is important to match the bike with the style of riding you have in mind. A friend of mine had a 1980s vintage Rock Hopper, but he rides to work and is doing things like Tour de Cure and Bike MS. He gave the Rock Hopper to his son and bought a Kona Rove because it was better suited to the type of riding he is doing.
I think there are a lot of us on the forum that made the evolution from mtn bike -> hybrid bike -> road bike. I wish I could have saved some money and just started with the right kind of road bike.