I got my bike yesterday afternoon as planned - thanks everyone for the advice on gear. This afternoon I went out for a quick ride just to work on getting things adjusted. I went on the gravel road right around the house, about 1 3/4 miles total, broken up into 1/4 - 1/2 mile segments as I adjusted the seat in small increments.
Wow, am I out of shape. I have been lifting weights pretty hard for the past year and thought that I'd have just a little more endurance than I did. But I guess that's just one more reason to hit the bike. My butt is a little sore, but not as bad as I thought it might be. I haven't ridden a bike since probably junior high.
I found out just how much "fun" fresh gravel can be. I never lost contact with the bike, but a hit a stretch of new gravel that hadn't been packed down by traffic yet and felt myself get jerked around a couple of times.
All in all, the whole afternoon was very encouraging that this is really going to help me lose the weight I need to lose. And best of all, I even got my wife talking about getting a bike for herself and a pull-behind trailer for the kids next spring so we can all ride together.
Hopefully there will be many more positive ride reports in the future.
Cool! Start watching Craigs List now though for a trailer or Ebay. This is the time of year to get deals on them :D In the Spring, everyone will be looking ;) You can pick up a lightly used, good shape trailer for ~$50 that was a high dollar GOOD trailer, vs getting a $99 POS Walmart Trailer. ;)