I haven't been on a bike for about 25 years and the last bike I had was a mid-late 80's Schwinn Le Tour. Since then I've spent way too much time in a desk chair and managed to put on weight. I started putting in time on my stationary bike and have managed to drop about 25 pounds and now would like to get back outside on two wheels when the weather gets better.
Age: 54, Height 6'3", Weight 258 at the moment.
I'm looking to get in some rides for fun and fitness. Plan on riding paved trails, trips to the coffee shop, probably not a lot over 5-10 miles at any one time.
I'm looking to stay within a budget of $400-$600. We have several bike stores in the area so that is an advantage in that I should have some selection. I've been reading the forum and it sounds like the Giant Escape 2 or 3 give you good value for the money. Other than that, I've been reviewing Trek 7.2 FX, and the Verve 2 or 3. There are also Fuji and Cannondale dealers but I'm not all that familiar with the products or if anything is in my budget and right for me.
I'm hoping that someone can give me some advice on what might be good for me based on my age, height, weight, etc and the kinds of rides I'm looking to do. Thanks for any help or advice.