Trying to Choose a Bike is Making My Head Dizzy!
I'm an absolute newb when it come to biking, so much so that I don't even own a bike yet! You can read my introduction post here: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...gs-from-So-Cal
So I registered for these forums because when I made the decision to buy a bike and went shopping online, I realized that I had no clue about bikes whatsoever. I noticed bikes as cheap as $99 and as expensive as $6000! Why they were priced in that range I had no clue. So I thought some of you here could help me out and teach me a bit on what I should be looking out for in a bike.
I am only 5'8", but unfortunately weigh 225lbs (which is why I want to buy a bike!). I live in an area in San Diego county that has a fair amount of inclined slopes, so a bike that gives me an advantage during uphill climbs is what I desire. I also will be biking mostly on paved streets, but I might take it out on unpaved areas. I really don't care much about speed. I would like a bike that is as lightweight as possible, but I understand that going after the more lightweight parts will end up emptying your bank account quicker, so maybe something that's not too heavy? I'm willing to spend between $800-$1000 on a bike (maybe more if there is a great advantage).
If I need to spell out more information, I will gladly answer questions. But anyone who can help out in any sort of way, I would definitely appreciate it! Thanks!