I am just getting into biking at the (almost) age of 65. I did ride in my youth, when I ran a paper route by bicycle. I am recently retired (read as limited income) and need the excercise the biking will provide(due to lack of exercise, I had 5-way bypass surgery last year). At present, I do have a bicycle (a discount store purchase about 4 years ago), a Huffy "Triathlon Pro Iron Man". Sounds impressive anyway! I know it won't meet my needs for long if I get really into biking, but it will at least get me started.
Most of my riding will be on pavement, with a lot of "in town" riding. Hopefully, as I get more experience and in better physical condition, I will become more adventurous and start riding the back roads outside of town.
I live in a fairly hilly, but not mountainous area (mountains are less than two hours way) on the South Carolina/Georgia border. I think I would probably want a bike that provides a relatively upright sitting position because of back issues.
Looking at bikes on the internet, I find the array of different bicycle types almost bewildering and hope the people on this forum can give me some guidance in what type of bike I should be looking for as well as recommend specific brands and models that would be good for me for my next purchase. Also, some help on sizing of the bike would be useful. I am 5'-8" tall with a 29.5" inseam and weigh about 200 lb. (about 25 lb too much).
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