Hello all! I've been reading this forum for about a month unregistered and finally built up the courage to join up and ask a couple of dumb questions.
First off, I know absoutely nothing about bicycles. I used to be obsessed with BMX bikes, GT, RedLine, but have not cared about them in a long time. I recently started exercising to get back into shape due to my father passing away at 57 years old. I have lost almost 30lbs in about a month and 2 weeks, but there is a problem. I love bike riding in the suburbs of Chicago, but with our heat and vast long bike trails I'm not able to last long on my current bike. I have a bike that my dad bought me a long time ago, Univega Alpina Sport, and it is heavier than hell. I'm finding that I want to go on bike rides for fitness and I'm using Endomodo to time myself and beat my old records I've set. This bike weighs about 35 to 40 lbs, or at least it feels like it, and I get so fatigued as I ride.
I have set my budget at $1000 for a new bike, but I'm completely confused if I should go road bike or hybrid. I went to a Trek store, right here in Naperville for you Chicagoans, and test drove the FX 7.3 22.5 inch and a $2000 road bike. I had never ridden a road bike so it was a little different posture, but I loved the speed. The FX felt more natural for me as I was sitting up and again the speed and effort was a HUGE difference. The Trek salesmen actually were making fun of how heavy my bike was saying "No wonder you lost so much weight, you're pushing that bike!"
I'm 6'2, 243 LBS for now, and have a very strong lower body.
Help me out!
Here's my current ride and don't laugh