Just joined the group here a little while ago, and have had a blast reading up on bicycling. I haven't spent time on a bike since I was about 17 yrs old. Now, having just had my 40th birthday,it's time to get back into it.
I have a friend that lives in the same sub-division as I do, and we were talking about getting a couple of bikes and taking advantage of the walking / biking trails(purely paved areas...not even gravel) that we have right in our area. We're both big guys...he's about 5'10, and 320 or so pounds. I'm 6'1, and about 295-300 pounds. We want to get a couple of inexpensive bikes to start out with...just in case it isn't for us. I do think I am more likely to stick with it since I was really into biking when I was a kid. Even so, I'd like to start out slow, and work up to a better bike once I drop some weight and get into some sort of shape(other than the round shape I am now).
Do you guys think a beach crusier type bike would be good to start with? I've been seeing them around a lot lately, and they look to be a lot of fun. They also seem to be well built, and pretty easy to maintain. I've done some research on them, and while they are easy to own and operate, they also seem to be good for beginners...which is what I am. I have a bad back due to an old auto accident, and the cruisers look to have a riding position that seems better suited to me...more upright. I would guess that our price range is in the $200-300 range...which should be more than enough for an entry level bike...right????? I've looked at Jamis, Trek, and Raleigh...and all have bikes that look pretty good.
If anyone has any advice, I'd really love to hear it. I'm getting really excited about being here, and even more so about getting back into cycling!
Thanks a lot!