New to biking, what should I get?
I would like to start mountain biking, mostly to get back in shape. Anyway, I haven't ridden a bike in years, and I'm kinda confused as to what bike is going to best fit me, so I thought I'd start here and get some opinions.
I'm 6'4, 300 lbs (pass the cupcakes), and realize I probably need a larger bike than the average human. I've heard something about a brand of bikes called "Giant" but that is about as much info as I have on the subject. I'm fairly "limber" and athletic for my size (used to play football), I don't know if that matters when choosing a bike.
I'd like a mountain bike, and I'd prefer to spend less than $500. I don't need anything fancy, just a base model or whatever to get me up and riding and into the activity. Any help or advice to get me started would be much appreciated. Thanks alot.