Hello, I've been lurking around these parts for a while. I didn't register until I actually had made the leap and purchased a bike which I did today. I haven't really ridden a bike since I was 14 or so. A blue huffy with red foam grips on the handlebars and a saddle type basket in the back for my paper route. (I tooled around on my brother-in-law's old walmart brand mountain bike a few times a few years ago)
Anyway, today I took the plunge and bought a Trek 1.2 in black with the red stripes at the LBS in Deptford NJ, Peddlers Shop (http://www.pscycles.com). I can't believe how light this thing is compared to the last bike I owned. Unfortunately it was too late to take it for a spin by the time I got home, so tomorrow will have to do. And I don't have the obligatory white garage door to take a photo in front of, so I hope a mostly white shed that still needs another coat of paint will do.
And a bit more about me. I'm 5'9" around 280, but I don't like to look at the scale, so I'm really not sure. Been heavy for as long as I can remember. I think I jumped over 200 for good when I was a freshman or sophomore in college. Used to play hockey all the time, but it's so tiring that it's not nearly as fun. I'm an engineer and I work a lot of off hours in a lab, which lends itself to hitting the vending machine in the middle of the night, so I expect a long hard journey back below 200, but I'm going to try my best.