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Originally Posted by Bruceter1
Iím retired and live in a small town in south-eastern Ontario, Canada.
Iím about to buy a hybrid after not riding for several years. Need to lose some weight and I have tried everything except cycling Ė so maybe it will help? Not sure if itíll become a passion so I am going to get an entry level Ė KHS Brantford or a Norco Olympia. ... <snip>...
Hi Bruceter, I think you'll find cycling to be a very good recreation, and it'll probably help with your weight if you combine it with some attention to diet. Even if your weight doesn't change much you'll have converted some fat to muscle, so you'll still be heathier.
I would make sure the bike you get has eyelets for racks and/or fenders, in case you develope a passion and want to be out in any weather, or if you decide to integrate exercise into your daily life and use the bike for errands like shopping trips. Luggng bags of milk in a pannier is a lot more comfortable than using a backpack!
Hope you'll go with the Canadian choice (Norco)!