Wife and I are approaching 50, house is getting empty and we would like to start riding to A) lose some weight, B) build some endurance, C) enjoy the local (within state) scenery.
Pleasure riding I guess you would call it---mostly on paved roads,,,possibly venturing onto a hard pack rock/gravel from time to time,,,,not many hills in Northern MN---as in mountain biking kind of stuff, some slopes yes but not mountain biking.
Last bike which we find uncomfortable were 1981 Schwinn Travelers ----the leaning forward part is no longer comfortable (could that be the beer belly?). And the tiny tires don't work well unless on a perfect asphalt road with no cracks/voids.
We looked a Walmart---anything from $89-350---but we don't know alot about what to look for. We did test ride some TREK brand at a local resort that uses them to loan out to guest and learned some likes/dislikes----we certainly like the sitting "up" position better, also found it seems like the "wheelbase" changes on certain models and we like the long wheelbase better.
We feel (compared to the current Schwinn Travelers) that sitting up is a plus, which requires higher handlebars, we need a decently "wide" seat for our already "padded" butts, not sure but I read the length of the arms on the pedals comes into play here also.
We are looking for suggestions on how to pick a "right bike" for getting back into this.
An option we have is any TREK for 40% off MSRP, this could help alot---as far as budget, certainly under a grand each--and we will keep it high enough to be comfortable.
If this is in the wrong forum please move it---and thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
P.S. Add to this the brakes,,,,should (for our use) we care much about disk brakes as opposed to the old fashion squeeze the wheel type?