I began riding in early November of this year after a 18 month absence and a gain of 35 pounds. I began at 260, currently down to 250 and counting. Since the weather here is cool to cold I have been wearing my bright yellow jacket. Well, my wife has now nicknamed me "big bird". I am used to the big or fat jokes, but sometimes it digs in and hurts because I am trying so hard to lose the pounds. I guess I should just go with it and maybe when I venture close to 200 again I can use the Big Bird nick to share with others that they too can lose weight cycling.