I am looking at buying a new bike. I am not a hard core rider, I just want something to ride around the neighborhood, maybe on some dirt roads, or on EASY trails. I'm 48, a little overweight, and just want to do some easy, non strenous riding. I went to my local bike shops and one recomended a Raleigh Venture 4.0
and the other recomended a Del Sol LXi 6.2
The Trek Navigator 200 has also been recomended
I would like to stay below $400 and all of these fit that bill. I know that these are entry level bikes of similar design, but does one have an edge over the the other as far as brakes, shifter etc? I can read the spec sheets and see what type brakes or shifter it may have, but it means nothing. I don't know one Derailleur from another. One has this brake the other has that. I just don't know what to look for. Should any of these be avoided? Is there another bike of that design and price range that I should look at instead? Your input is appreciated.