I recently found an older raleigh M30 mountain bike at a thrift shop who basically gave it to me. It is a little scratched here and their and needs some minor fix up. The reason I took it was that it seems to have a pretty beefy frame. I am about 260 pounds, and want to get into a regular course of biking for exercise. I thought this frame might be adequate for me to get started on. Also, the budget is really tight right now.
Any thoughts on the quality of this bike, its long term suitibility, worth putting some money in to repair, and the availability of parts? I have asked this same question in the MTB forum. Thought I would post it here as well. In watching the forums, most people seem to recommend heavy duty frames for my present weight and size. These are pretty pricey, and just not within my reach at this point. So, any help would be appreciated. In my mid 50's by the way.
Thanks for your patience in advance of newbie questions.