Compared to almost everyone on this forum, I am in the boonies when it comes to access to specialty bikes. I'm located in eastern North Dakota, where we only have decent riding weather for 3 or 4 months of the year. I currently have a rather aggravating bike: Trek Navigator 200, but aside from the Navigator my only other bike was a Schwinn 10-speed I bought for $50 brand new in 1988 (which I still have in storage) when I was 11 years old.
I'm currently in the process of trying to lose a lot of weight, and have become active in Taekwondo, Kumdo (swordfighting), and kettlebells. Since beginning these things last November, I've already lost a touch over 65 pounds, but I'm seeing a slow down in weight loss (hovering at that 300 pound mark). I decided I could do two things at the same time by biking: save gas money and lose weight. This brings me to the BikeForums.
I don't have thousands of dollars to sink into specialized bikes, high-end gadgets, or the ultra-light carbon frames. I scrape by each month with enough to save for my daughter's college fund, but I also need something better than a Navigator to commute to work, get a workout, and do the occasional leisurely ride with my daughter.
I hope to learn as much as I can here, and use that knowledge to improve my health, decrease my gas bill, and maybe even pick up another athletic addiction.
I've had several since 1999 but have settled on my beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and my latest, a 2015 Cannondale SuperSix EVO carbon
Welcome t Bike Forums.
Maybe you could put the gas savings into a "new bike fund".
Good luck losing the weight and in your search for a new bike. Perhaps the folks in the Clydesdale forum can help with both.
Feel free to ask questions in the appropriate forum.
My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2015 Cannondale SuperSix EVO carbon