Hi everyone. I came to this forum looking for advice and help.
I've been trying to get into biking for a while now. I have never owned anything besides a walmart mountain bike, and have only rode a nice hybrid, never a road bike.
I want to commute by bike to save money on gas. I currently work and live in state college, pa. I go to school in upstate new york during the year.
In high school I was a football player and wrestled year round, I played rugby in college for a bit. But I'm also looking for a way to get in cardiovascular shape. Let's just say I would look pretty gross in the spandex I see most bikers in.
However I can't find a bike I can afford. Every bike I find costs a fortune. I've been to multiple bike shops in town, and they all ask me my price range and then point me to their mountain bikes and tell me to swap out for hybrid tires. I only have 2-4 hundred dollars at my disposal. I'm doing an internship this summer that doesn't pay great (I'm doing it for the experience), and I need to pay for parking, food, etc. I figure the bike would pay itself off in gas and future medical bills (because I'm a bit of a fatty ) but I just don't have a lot to spend. I've been stalking craigslist for weeks now to no avail. I refuse to own a k-mart walmart target junk bike.
I'm 220 pounds and 5' 6" with about a 28" inseam (another problem with finding a bike).
I trust there are enough experts here willing to help. Thanks a million.