Hey folks. New to the forum, I'm 59 (will be 60 in November) and haven't been on a bike in over 20 years. I also went from 185lbs in 1973 to 385 in 2012. I'm on my way down, so far at 310, but have hit that dreaded plateau. Been at 310 for a few months, so I thought biking would be a good way to kick-start the weight loss again.
That brings me to my questions. I don't have a bike yet, but I tried my wife's that's been in the garage untouched for the past 2 years. After putting two new tubes (proper size, proper inflation) just because their "un-use" made them brittle in my mind, I rode around the block. However, just as I rounded the corner to my driveway, the rear tire blew. Bad tube, bad tire, or my weight...who knows? But it got me wondering if there is a bike configuration that is recommended for folks my size?
Her bike is a retro style, pedal brakes, with 26" x 2.125 tires. After some reading, I'm assuming it's a mountain bike, but was bought on the cheap at Wal-Mart.
When I get mine, I'd rather go to a bike shop, but not sure my budget can handle it just yet.
What are your thoughts?