There I was walking through Dick's one day in June and long story short, walked out pushing a new Diamondback Wildwood Comfort bike. Even though I had been searching my mind for physical activity, the purchase of a bike was quite spontaneous.
I told the (young kid) salesman that I intended to ride on area bike paths, which is in fact where I do my riding. The idea of the open road still scares me, and Wichita has a couple of decent bike paths that you can make a nice 25-30 mile ride out of.
Anway, he sold me the DB Wildwood Comfort bike. As I have been working up to more and more miles since June, (25 is my longest to date) my lower back has began hurt big time.
With my new found biking activity I also found this forum and have been reading and reading. First thing is comfort bikes do not get much good said about them here, and at least at the price point of my first one, I kind of see why.
So I began watching Craigslist. I am sure a nice road type bike would be fine for me, but since fitness and the MUP (learned that here!) was the object of my riding, I jumped on an 18 year old Rock Hopper Comp Mountain bike.
The much more agressive riding posture has indeed helped my lower back pain, but now I am looking for more comfortable bars. After reading mostly here, it seems a new higher stem is in order also but I do not want to re-create my comfort bike problems.
I guess my main question has to do with three types of bars I have seen here. The "Trekking" bar, the "Mustache" bar and the "bullhorns."
As cool as the bull horns look, I am not sure they would be right for me. I can see where the mustache and trecking bars may be a good move.
So, who has delt with such issues and has some advise.
FYI I am a 6'1" Clyde, (learned that here too) and 230.
I have lost 7 lbs since June and am having a blast.
Thanks in advance!