Looking to get a bike for the first time since I got my driver's license way back when. Don't have an unlimited budget, and am looking to get a recreational bike that I could someday use for charity rides & possible commuting.
I'm torn between going to the LBS to get a decent hybrid/cross bike in the <$500 category, or possibly buying an older frame and upgrading it. I have a line on an early-80's Trek 600-series bike for around $50 or so. Appears to be be in decent condition, needs new tires & tubes. I'm interested in learning about bike maintenance, and thought that buying a used bike and upgrading it would be a good learning experience. However, I'd also like to start biking soon, and I know nothing about bike maintenance right now, and don't want to bite off more than I can chew.
Any recommendations? I tried a comfort bike and the combination of shocks in the fork & seatpost made the ride feel pretty squishy to me, so I'm looking for a solid fork & seatpost. Doesn't seem to be too much out there that fits that category in my price range, from what I can see. Would like something that will accept fairly big tires (I'm 6'2" and ~260 lbs), as well as fenders & racks.