Hi, I'm Steve and have been hanging out mostly in the Clydesdale and Recreational forums. I just stumbled across this one and since I'm 54, I knew right away this was a place for me to start reading too!
Like, I said, I'm 54, 6'1 and 315 lbs (definitely a Clydesdale although my wife works me like I'm a draft horse!) and am about to buy a new bike. I've looked at several (I like to research) and like all of them, usually for different reasons.
But I've narrowed my picks down to either a Trek (Navigator or Pure Sport), Cannondale (Comfort 4 or 5 or an Adventure 4 or 5), Specialized Expedition Elite, and the Giant Sedona DX. Right now, the leading candidate is probably the Cannondale Comfort with the others all tied for a close second. It's confusing!
That's because I have a Cannondale M500 mountain bike that has served me well for many years although I have not ridden much for the last ~10-12 years and only recently rediscovered my love of cycling. The M500 is just too painful too ride much anymore due to my knee pain (arthritis) and the fit that puts so much weight on the handlebars. But really, nearly all of this is due to having gotten older and my slow but steady weight gain over the years.
However, I'm losing the weight now and going after it aggressively so the bike will be a big help.
Any recommendations or past experiences to share that would help?