So.. count me in this group. I'm 6'5" 230 pounds... I probably fit right in.
Started riding again this past May after 25 years. Started out on a MTB which got me interested enough to purchase a road bike.
I'm not riding a lot, but I do try to pedal around a bit every week (Maybe 50 miles a week...). My attention span is somewhere around 45 minutes to an hour when I'm riding alone so I'm making 10-15 mile trips alone -- longer with a group. Average speed on my last 10 was 15mph, so I'm making some progress.
The whole shopping process was tough, and during the compiling of information a friend decided that what I was looking at may be useful to other first time buyers so he put together a searchable database to allow you to compare specs on different bikes. Check it out: www.bikeotter.com (hope it's ok to plug that....)
Anyway.. I'll probably be around here a good bit. Lurking, looking for tips.