I keep debating on picking up a bike to start to ride for fitness and just general enjoyment. I haven't been on a bike since high school. I keep looking hoping something will push me over the edge to actually buy a bike. I figure for my initial bike I don't want to exceed $500.
The only ones I have given a quick test drive on were a Trek 4500, Fischer 2005 Marlin, and a Fischer Wahoo. The Trek was the only one that seemed to fit properly that was also comfortable for the little time I test rode it, but then it was the only one that seemed to be the right size. I also went by three shops that carry Specialized, Schwinn, Giant, GT, and a couple of others, but none of those shops seemed that willing to help or much less even let me test ride. It may just be due to the fact I am still on the edge about even getting a bike. I just don't know if I will ride.
From everything I have read it is best to avoid Target, Walmart and Sports Authority, but I am starting to wonder if it wouldn't be worth dropping 100 bucks or so there to pick up a bike to see if I would even ride. One of my problems besides the fact I don't know if I would ride is what type of riding I would do. Living in Tampa and being out of shape I probably will be sticking to the streets for now but don't know for sure.
So far I have found I prefer the mountain bike style seating but other than that I know nothing. Maybe I am just overthinking everything since this is only an entry level bike, but then again I tend to get buyer's remorse worse than anyone I know so I am trying to eliminate as much of it as I can. I think another issue is the fact I have really only ridden the 4500 since the other shops didn't seem that interested in helping when I went. I can understand though since I feel the same way when people ask me to help them shop for computers but don't know what they want to do with them.
Sorry for the long post, just frustrated and looking for suggestions. If I am just being an idiot and overthinking everything please let me know.