I'm new to this forum and thought i'd say hello. I've been riding off and on for a couple of years, but recently (as of this spring) started riding more regularly. I'm 6'1'' and 260 lbs, but in reasonably good health (resting hr of 50, no bone/joint issues, etc). I've gone from struggling with my 12 mile commute to work to being able to nail 30 mile rides without any problems. I haven't lost any weight though, which is frustrating. I'm riding on a bike that i bought when i didn't know much about fitting or sizing a bike properly, it's a compact roadie, all cromo but obviously not built for someone like me. one thing that blows me away is that i'm running the stock 24/20 spoke wheels and i haven't broken any spokes and the rear is only now started to show a little need of a truing. anywhos, just wanted to say hey!
You've probably noticed that losing weight is a big part of this forum - but it's not the only part. The most important thing is the enjoyment. I've learned that, even with the riding, 80% of weight loss is diet. Everyone is different and that 80% is a general figure, but I think it's pretty accurate.
Tell us a little more about your bike and your commute.
my bike at the moment is not totally appropriate, but it's what i got for now...
it WAS a 2003 marin portofino i bought from a friend a few years ago, cromo frame with a carbon fiber fork. most of the components failed, so it's been converted to a single speed, and i made the bars into bullhorns by flipping the drop bars and hacksawing the drops off. i switched the fork out for a cheap-o steel fork last week because i was constantly fearful of the battered carbon failing on me in a terrible way. my main issues with it are that i can't put on tires fatter than 28s, and right now i'm running 23s, which seemed like a good idea at the time (whoops!). i've been spending alot of time trying to figure out the right bike for me, which will be a different thread all together. soon i'll get a picture posted so you all can have a laugh at how my poor mismatched bike looks with my spray paint job and whatnot; but hey, at least i dont have to worry about anyone stealing it when i lock it in front of a bar.
i live in central CA, in a completely flat city, so i can get by on the single speed, but when i have the right bike i want to take advantage of all those neat-o sierra nevada mountains that i can see every day. i've attempted a metric century twice, but i get shoulder and wrist cramps due to the bike not being the right size. i know by body could handle it, but it's just gotta wait until i have the money for something better. i've mulled dropping more money on the bike i have with new handlebars and whatnot, but i think it's better served to put towards this new dream bike.
Keep on riding, I didn't start losing weight until I was riding regularly for about 3 months. I saw my clothes fitting looser before I saw any change on the scale. And my weight loss is much slower than some here. But it is happening. Good luck on your bike search, let us know what you get.