I'm in my late forties and just decided to start cycling for exercise. I've had my share of heart health issues at age 40, and I really need to add something to my exercise regimen, which only consists of Pilate's Reformer right now.
I do medical transcription from home, and it is a horribly sedentary job that is taking its toll on me physically. I feel 60..
I live in SC, small town, and I am looking for a bike to ride around the roads in the sub, as well as a way to travel to some nearby stores to do a little shopping, and possibly up to Curves to get a little exercise there. Those trips would be just 3-4 miles maybe. I'll start slow.
What I would like is advice on a starter bike for myself. I don't have a lot of money to spend, maybe just $150 max right now, especially since I will have to buy shoes and extras for bike safety. I looked at Walmart today, but just can't decide.
I will be on good roads in the sub, but I will also have to ride on the side of the road for my store trips, which is gravel/dirt-type gradients in some areas, grass on others. I know nothing really about bikes, except what I've researched today. I had thought about a mountain bike, but I don't want it to be sluggish on the good roads. I'm not into major speed. I don't care for the racing handlebars.
I want something basic and durable that I can upgrade later if needed. I'm into comfort I want this to be fun and something I enjoy, not a struggle. Can I find a half-decent bike in my price range at the local Walmart or K-Mart stores? The ones they show at the walmart.com are pretty much what I'm seeing at the store, though they were picked over so bad I had a lot of nothing to really look at.
Also, why do they stick the bikes up in the air ten feet above your head? How are you supposed to decipher the right fit?
I appreciate any feedback. I'd like to make a purchase Friday or Saturday.