So, I haven't ridden a bike in about 8 years. Used to all the time ... stopped ... got fat and lazy, and now I want to both get back into biking and back into shape. I'm posting in the commuting forum because I'll mostly be riding on pavement (roads and paved bike trails - I live in Lansdowne, VA, so I have the W&OD trail to play on) ... and I have questions! :-)
I have been reading everything I can find online about bike choices and components for the last few days, and am completely overwhelmed. I plan to visit one or more lbs's this week (if anyone is local and can recommend one, I'd appreciate it) ... but I'd like to know enough about what I don't know so that I can ask intelligent questions and make a smart choice.
Here is what I can tell you about what I want ... and I'm hoping someone can offer either bike recommendations or point me in the direction of a resource/book/whatever that'll give me details without totally overwhelming me.
* I'll mostly be on pavement, but I'd like to have the option to do a light trail. I've keyed in on a hybrid (probably performance) because of this.
* I'm a big guy ... 6' and 290. I need a bike that can handle it. I have a big frame and carry a decent amount of muscle, but I'll definitely be dropping 40+ lbs before I see abs again.
* I'd rather not do the whole "entry level until I see if I'm serious thing." I dive into things completely when I do them (and obsessively). I don't mind spending $$$$$ on a great setup, but I want value for it ... not just the most expensive thing in the shop.
* From what little I have been able to gather from forums, I think I'd like to try a Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra and a Janis Coda Elite. But, when it comes right down to it, I have no idea what the various component mean or are ... and why I might or might not want them.
Any help, comments, feedback ... even questions or ask or bikes to test out ... would be very much appreciated. I'm very excited about getting back to this ... and need some help to make it happen.
Thank you in advance.