WOW! Thanks for the pics Tom!
I ride a 2006 Gary Fisher Montare, and after riding several other 29er's, I felt that the frame I chose was the best fit. This bike has the 700cc wheels and I have a fat Kenda Slick Qwick Roller so I roll pretty fast and smooth, except uphill of course. I tried a road bike frame, Bianchi Volpe, and a Kona Jake the Snake, but my stomach being too large was a significant hinderance with the tilted over position (Gastric Reflux problems), so I went with the "Dual Sport" Gary Fisher: Ride on Pavement and/or on the dirt.
My saddle has been pretty high, but not too high to where I have to extend my knee all the way on the down pedal. That's what I was told at the LBS to do to adjust height. I have also been using really cushy GF gloves along with Bontrager grips that have been comfortable until recently: am replacing them both this weekend.
Thanks Tom for the very inspirational pics and the link to your diabetes story I found on this site last night. Thanks to everyone for the advice and ideas! The following link will take you to a picture of my bicycle on the Gary Fisher website.
Thanks again everyone!