Hello all. Was wondering if I could get some advice. I am wanting to get into bike riding and am overwhelmed by all the different choices. I would be riding on both paved trails, and also off road. I'm 6'0 and around 230. My budget is 400-700. I would also like a speedometer, and upgraded seat with that budget. Can you all kindly lead me in the right direction?
I agree with the above post..........either will suit you just fine......actually (my opinion) most/all of the 'big name' bikes (or even the small name bikesdirect) will be fine......don't get hung up on brand.......in regard to a speedometer - WalMart and big box stores sell a Schwinn speedo for around 10 bucks which is just DANDY! I had a Trek wireless and it crapped out in less than a year - I found the Schwinn speedometer at WalMart or Kmart or something like that and I like it better! It's basic but it does the job....speed, mileage, odometer etc. In regard to a seat - again my opinion - but look for something that has a cut out for your tender parts......REI has a Serfas model that is gel (but not 'soft' by any means) and it has made a world of difference. I convinced my wife to try one on her bike and she and I normally do 20 -25 miles every weekend Saturday and Sunday with NO issues. She can't believe how much of a difference it's made. Good luck and RIDE your new bike (whatever you decide) until it falls apart!!!!!
...in regard to a speedometer - WalMart and big box stores sell a Schwinn speedo for around 10 bucks which is just DANDY! I had a Trek wireless and it crapped out in less than a year - I found the Schwinn speedometer at WalMart or Kmart or something like that and I like it better! It's basic but it does the job....speed, mileage, odometer etc.
Since you mentioned it I have to add - these Walmart/Targed speedos are good as long as they are wired and for 10-12 bucks.
I have 2 wireless from Walmart for $20 I purchased couple of years ago and they work just fine, but I decided to buy another wireless (for some reason they changed the color from silver to black) and I tried few of them - none of them were working fine anymore.
So... just go with cheap wired and you will be alright.
To add to this topic - also try CL - with $600 in hand you can do very good - something like 7.5FX with 500 miles can be found.
But take someone with you who knows about bikes a little.
BikesDirect.com have interesting Cyclocross bikes for $580-800 It might work for you as well.
Thanks for the advice guys. I went to my local bike store this morning and settled on the Trek 7300 Disc. The new 2012 models are coming out soon, so he sold it to me a 2011 for 525.00. Also got a free seat with the cut out, odometer and water bottle. I did purchase a helmet and shorts.
I think I'm probably going to be doing more dirt trails than paved trails, so that's why I went with a mountain bike.
Wish me luck all, I can't ever get myself to go to the gym consistintly, so I'm hoping I really enjoy this.