First post, be kind.
I'll do some introductions in this forum instead of the main once, since this is where I fit in! (go ahead and do the rimshot in your head ) I switched jobs from construction, to sitting on my chair all day in front of the computer doing IT work . Somewhere in my head, I kept saying to myself, I need to change my diet and go out and DO something, but I think I just fed myself burritos to keep that part quiet. I'm up to about 6'3 and 300lbs. No, its not all muscle. Its not a massive number, but I know that I'm on the verge of becoming seriously unhealthy.
I've been lurking here for the last couple weeks trying to decide how to make myself get into riding. Well, I just read the thread by </intolerance> One year down and a big thank you, and talk about some motivation. Big congrats to you man, I'm sure there are many more of you here that have similar stories, but he struck a chord with me today, not sure if it was the pics or what, but I know what I want to make myself do now.
So nothing fancy for me yet, since the last time I hopped on a bike I was probably 14. At the same time, I know I need to make myself commit to it if I want to lose some weight, best thing in my mind is always throw money at it so I can't say "nothing ventured, nothing gained" So I've set aside some cash for this, not thousands, but I'm willing to put down what I need to, so that I get started the right way. So first thing is getting a bike. I know the normal line is go to your LBS. My question is, how do I know which LBS to use? Anyone down this way that wants to recommend a south fl bike shop that won't make me feel like a complete fool when I ask which way the helmet is supposed to face.
Other than that quick question, just wanted to say hey to everyone, I'm sure I'll be seeing you all around! And if you're in SFL, look me up! I'll be the one with the big neon fred sign flashing over me!