Hope this is the right place to post. Please no flames on the budget.
Objective: start riding
Me: 43 yr, 220 lb, 6"1'
Trying to make life changes. Began working out about 10mth ago and have dropped 45lbs since but have plateau in the last few months. Still sedentary on the weekends (computer geek). Just looking to dip my toe into biking and see if it's for me.
Looking to buy a bike or have one fixed.
Fixed: I have an old mountain bike. Diamond Back Outlook. Shimano SIS. Missing a pedal. Been sitting in the garage a decade. Is it better to fix it up? Maybe upgrade components or ...
I think a Hybrid is the way to go. I have a local county park with a paved 7.8mi path I could use. It seems a hybrid would be better at this and/or citi streets and more comfortable than a road bike. I have a low budget so I'm looking at the big box stores (bbs) like WalMart, Target, Amazon, etc. I did look at the local bike shops but their entry was $400.
Have considered the following:
Open to suggestions within my budget on purchase or components.
1. I'm a big guy. Is there a hybrid tire size I should favor due to my weight?
2. Is the 'one size fits all' of the big box stores ok for my size?
3. 21 gears vs 7/8? What should I favor? Why?
Sorry. A Trek is not in my first bike budget. I don't feel confident enough to try Craigslist so I think a fixer up mountain bike or a new hybrid are my choices. BBS is a plus as I could just go and pick it up. I'm on vacation right now so it's a good time to pick up a new routine.
Sorry for the long post. Appreciate all the help and insight you can provide.