I need some feedback on bike selection. I used to race bikes and compete in triathlons. I was injured and because of other life issues developed a sedentary lifestyle. I purchased a Schwinn Sierra for fitness and rode it for years. Ended up selling my road bike.
I have had a knee replacement and need to get back into cycling. I don't intend to race and due to the knee, mountain biking is out of the question (falls, hard plants with the foot etc).
I intend to ride the Sierra until I drop weight to 275, now 325.
At 275 I intend to buy a new bike (as an incentive to continue)......would you recommend a hybrid, or cyclocross or road (with more relaxed geometry like a touring bike)?
When I ride I tend to ride hard (from the training days). and I ride on mostly pavement or hard packed earth. I live in WV where it is very hilly and probably need a triple chain ring or mountain gearing. I must say that riding the mountain bike hasn't been too enjoyable since I still have the memory of riding road bikes on the road. Seems like I can never get my speed up.
Which bikes do you think would be suitable for a heavy rider? (my goal is to drop down to 200...which is thin for me). I'll probably get a new bike at between 280 or 270 pounds.
I do like the upright position. The geometry of racing bikes is just too tight for my knees comfort. If the geometry is more relaxed, riding in a down position is OK as well.
I have been riding about an hour three times a week on the Seirra.