So I have been out of cycling for a very long time and am looking to get back with something nice, but not very expensive and trying to pick the best option.
My previous bike was a 21" Schwinn Cimarron Mountain Bike, honestly if it was the right size I would have kept it, but my parents bought it for me when I was younger expecting a growth spurt that never came and I ended up with a frame that was way too large or at least seemed that way (have read that a mountain frame should be about 4-5 inches lower than your inseam when standing whereas on this bike I literally had to jump on the seat in the lowest position it was so tall).
Now I have sold the Schwinn and am looking to put the money towards something new, originally I was considering a mountain bike as that is what I had in the past, however someone at my work suggested I look into a hybrid...
I really would like to keep the cost down, preferably at most around $500 USD or so but am willing to go above if it means I am getting something I will really use.
I am also a bit bigger so would need something that handles the weight...I am not really into road bikes so that wasn't something I was considering, and also I didn't know if it makes sense to just go to a shop and go with whatever they recommend in terms of brand/model?
Was considering some flavor specialized, Trek, or even a nicer Schwinn again though I have read they have sold their name to another company and aren't as well regarded as the other two?
Any thoughts or options to consider would be appreciated?