I am brand new here today and posted in the Introduction forum. I'm 45 and out of shape and determined to get in shape and drop 20 pounds. About 10 years ago, I bought a bike in a department store. I know that's probably causing groans but my nephews wanted to go riding and their mom wouldn't let them go without and adult so I grabbed an inexpensive bike and off I went.
Yesterday, I dusted it off and rode 4 miles. I did that again today too. My legs were on fire a few times and I took a couple of rests but did the 4 miles in about 50 minutes. I know that's lousy but I'll get better.
I am very short. Just about five feet tall and when I purchased the bike that I have, I could not touch my feet to the ground on a bike with 26 inch tires so I bought one with 24 inch. It feels good and I have no problems with it but it is a little heavy for me. I have to carry it up and down a very narrow set of stairs every time I use it and it's not easy.
I was thinking of buying a "real" bike. Someone suggested a Giant Escape 2w model. I have not seen the bike in "person" but there are a couple of people selling them used in my area and it's tempting. I found a website that indicates that this particular bike weighs about 27 pounds. Is that possible? That sounds awfully heavy. I have no idea what the bike I have now weighs but I don't struggle too much getting it up and down and it doesn't feel like it's that heavy. Maybe the distribution of the weight makes it seem lighter than it is?
What is the typical weight for a women's bike? I would mostly be riding on paved streets and plan to make this a daily activity. Thanks for any suggestions!