i recently made the decision to research the purchase of a new bike in order to join this exciting sport of cycling. it all started when my wife was given a bike by one of her family members that could not use it ( a Schwinn single speed cruiser, 2 year old model). she has enjoyed so far riding it around our subdivision and i want to buy a bike so we can ride together and expand our travels.
here is my question, i need a little help in narrowing down my research. we plan to ride mainly on paved roads and streets as well as paved bike paths at some of our local state parks. i've talked to a friend that suggested that i look at "hybrid" or "comfort" type bikes. another factor to consider is that i am 6 feet 6 inches tall. what actually is the rule of thumb for fitting the size of a bike frame according to one's height? also what brands/models does anyone have experience with that would fit my needs. i stumbled upon the Trek website and looked at the 7300 & 7500 hybrid. any other brands with similar models that may fit the bill? i am probably working on a $500 budget for the bike.
thanks to all for taking the time to read and respond.