Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Start with what you can tolerate, and remember to rest, and keep hydrated, especially in the Sumer heat. You'll find out pretty quickly that you are getting stronger faster than you think you will. At first, especially, don't overthink it, just get on the bike at every opportunity for a short ride at least, to establish the habit.
First investment should be a set of padded shorts. Look here: http://www.aerotechdesigns.com
If you feel too modest to wear Lycra in public, you can get Mountainbike baggies, or wear exercise shorts to wear over the Lycra. I recommend the Lycra, personally, because it has a better chamois pad, and helps support your muscles and circulation.
Now, too wide a saddle, and you can do damage to your sciatic nerve, and too cushy a saddle and the padding flows into your sensitive area......that's a good part of what the adding is for in the shorts, to provide padding and wick moisture. Too narrow, and you are supporting your weight on soft tissue, which becomes very painful ad can hurt you. The ideal saddle width is the minimum width needed to support your Ischial Bones (Sit Bones). The necessary width can be determined at a Specialized dealer with their Butt-o-meter (Not kidding!). Trek Dealers also generally have this thing, too, by another name.
Also, over time, your butt will toughen up, too.
As to the noseless saddles.....well, YMMV. I use the nose of the saddle to help me control the bike. You'll understand what I mean if you ever try the noseless saddles.
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant