First time poster here I got myself a 2009 Cannondale Bad Boy disc coming in soon to get me on my way to getting in a bit better shape and just for the fun of riding. I haven't really ridden a bike in 20 years and back then it was a huffy. I tried walking to start off with got some bad shin splints after a very short time I am hoping that this will not be an issue when riding. I am in my thirties weigh 5'10 245 and hope to get down to about 210 some time next year. The first thing I have to do though is quit drinking soda and ice coffees because I am addicted to the caffeine and can do without the extra 700 or so calories a day.
Being a New Englander I should be able to get about 2 months (at least) of biking in before the ice and cold kicks in. A question I have is how should I start out my cardio is pretty bad and don't want to get frustrated early. Another question is what should I definitely buy for the bike besides a helmet to insure I am all set for what occurs while riding. I figure I will need extra tube, multitool, pump, and probably some type of computer to keep track of mileage and speed anything else to start off with? I think most of my riding will be done at night because i am not an early bird and I usually don't get home until 7 PM from work. One last question is what to do during the winter? I was thinking of a trainer but I heard they are quite loud....and boring and my apartment walls are thin and don't want to bother the neighbors. Is the volume on the trainers loud or is it an exageration?
I have spent the last week or so searching the site and found some answers but I don't want to start off on the wrong foot.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.