I am want to get a new bike. I haven't been serious about riding since I was in my 20's, I am now 53. (marriage, kids, work, etc.....).
Last year, one of my college aged kids asked me to fix up my old Schwinn Continental for him to use at college. I did, found it a fun project and thought it would be fun to start riding it again. Unfortunately, my son graduated college, moved to Indianapolis and took the bike with him. He likes the retro look of the bike... Good for him and I am happy he wants the bike.
Back, in my youth, I rode that bike everywhere and I had a lot of interest in biking. It was an activity that went beyond just a normal kid's utilitarian need for a bike.
So, now I want a new bike where I can ride a few miles a day, rural oil and chipped roads mostly, back and forth to work, etc.
Why? I want to get healthier, ie. lose some weight, improve BP, cholesterol, heart rate, etc.. Over the years, I have added some weight and I want to regain some energy.
A local bike shop sells, Giant, Trek, Cannondale, Schwinn, Electra, GT, Sun and a few others.
Any recommendations are appreciated ... tia