Hi guys. I am 53 years old and haven't been on a bike since I was 20. The thing is I weigh 290 pounds. I have already lost 98 pounds and would like to lose some more via cycling. I don't know jack about bikes but after spending about a week online searching around I think a hybrid bike would be a good starting point for me. Almost all of my riding will be in roadways and paved trails. Specifically I am interested in the following bikes.
What do you guys think? Am I looking in the right area bike wise? Is there something I should know about either of these bikes before I approach the lone lbs in my area and discuss them with him? The used bike market in my local rural area is nonexistent plus I don't know anything about bike mechanics or what to look for so I would just as soon get a new bike and establish a relationship with the local (30 miles away) bike shop. I am very open to any comments. Many thanks