Hey, Adam here....Been a while since I last biked but hope to learn a bunch here!
A quick background on me:
So... I've been leading a rather sedentary lifestyle for the past decade and at age 30 I've decided that 2008 will be the year I regain my health. In Highschool/College I was 6'6" 210 lbs and somehow managed to MORE THAN DOUBLE my weight over the last decade (pretty impressive huh?!) Anyway, I've already lost 125 lbs since Jan. 7, 2008 with a little help from Gastric Bypass Surgery and I've got about another 75 lbs to go to hit my goal weight. I finally got the clearance from my doctor to begin exercising a couple weeks ago (had to wait so long because of complications from surgery -- almost died.) and I've been hitting the gym 3 times a week and going for a 1-2 mi walk each night. But those walks can get a little boring so I decided to pick up a bike and start riding again because I used to enjoy it so much in my younger years.....
So after talking with the guys at a local bike shop and test riding a few bikes I actually settled on a really nice comfort bike (bed sore friendly). I went for a nice long ride today and even went down the trails at the end of my street and it handled the offroad terrain rather nicely, though it will see the street 95% of the time. It seriously feels like you're riding a sofa between the upright position, adjustable front suspension and suspension seat.
What do you guys think of my choice?
The Raleigh Venture 4.0 combines the fun of your favorite bike when you were a kid with the comfort and efficiency of gears and an upright position. The super soft Avenir saddle, comfort grips, and Shimano Acera drivetrain will keep you pedaling with ease for hours.
Size: XL 22" frame
Atomic 13 Aluminum, Comfort Geometry w/Internal Cable Guides
SR NEX 4100 63mm Travel w/Preload Adjust
Shimano TX71 28/38/48t
Shimano EF-50, EZ Fire 8spd
Shimano EF-50 levers
SRAM PG830 8spd (11-32t)
Weinmann XTB-26 Double Wall
Kenda K841A w/Kshield 26x1.95
Avenir Comfort Platform
Alloy Micro Adjust Bootless Suspension 27.2x300mm
Avenir Deluxe Comfort
(F) Joytech Alloy QR 36h (R) Shimano RM30 36h Cassette
14g Stainless Steel
Rack and Fender mounts, Water Bottle mounts, Cateye Reflector Set, Clear Coat, Owners Manual