I've shed about 150lbs or better in the last 8 months. NOW I'm looking for a bike to ramp up the fitness. I don't know JACK about bikes, so looking around locally I found a Jamis Commuter II, which I like. Problem is, my wife has been battling breast cancer, and the $500+ is a bit out of a range I can spend at the moment. I'd like to find something in the $200-$250 range, without having to worry about breaking the bloody thing. I'm currently just over 400 lbs, so that will tell you some of the strain.
I also don't THINK I want a mountain bike, at least I don't want the fat knobby tires, as I intend to be riding within my city, and on pavement. SO... Any suggestions about brand / size or what else to look for when researching to make this purchase? I'd jog, since that's free, but it beats the living hell out of my knees still. I'm walking, but I want to do more.
Thanks to all!