30 y/o who hasn't consistently biked for at least 10yrs...
Like the title indicates, it's been quite a while since I've ridden a bike.
I would presume my reasons for joining the forum are pretty typical...looking for advice and suggestions that will help me decide on what new/used bike I am going to purchase, the l see if there are any local riders that have trip/trail suggestions etc...
The last bike I had ~2 years ago and was also for about 2 years, it was a Motiv Dual Suspension bike that was purchased at Costco for me as a gift...what a piece of turd that was! It was heavy, too small and starting falling apart pretty quickly. Luckily they've got a great return policy.
Anyhow I've been bikeless now for over 2 years. So I am researching my options quite extensively.
And am leaning towards a Hybrid style bike, since I'd like the ability to do fire road trail stuff at the local parks around my area.
I'm 6'3 and 265lbs, part of my getting back into shape will be a biking by myself, with friends and with the family.
At your height only a bike shop will have a bike on which you will be comfortable. The rear wheel should have 36 spokes and a double wall rim. When you have ridden the bike a few miles take it back to the shop, and ask them to retension the spokes in the rear wheel. Then it should last without breaking spokes and going out of shape. It doesnt matter what brand of bike you get, since they are all fairly similar, but find a shop that has helpful staff. Ask them if they will swap out the seat for another make if you find the standard one painful. Take test rides that are longer than around the parking lot.
I'm leaning towards my local shop, he sells Giant and said his bikes come with free/lifetime maintenance. He doesn't have necessarily the best prices, but at least quasi-competitive. But hey I'm helping out a legit small local buisiness in the process.