Well, first of all I just wanted to say thanks for all of the information you fine clydes have put together.
I have been reading so many topics... I may now be more confused than when I first started.
I just wanted to introduce myself to the cyldes forum and ask a few questions.
Well, I am Jason, 22 years old, 5 foot 11 inches and weighed in this morning at 348.5 so I guess, at least weight wise I am an uber-clyde or whatever the term I found was. I love to eat, work in an office and the only exercise I get is paintball every few weeks.
I pulled out my old bike my parents got me when I was in my teens and filled up the tires, took it for a spin. This whole act was pretty dangerous, as I'm sure I should have replaced the tires, oiled some chains... etc but I just wanted to make sure I could ride a bike haha. I also had to bust the lock to our old storage building to access it, so by the time I got it out I was riding the thing. It is some cheap Rhino MTB:
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So, the pic is really blurry because by the end of my ride, I was breathing extremely hard and I thought it look fine when I took it... but as we can all see this was my hindered judgment.
Anyways, I pulled out the bike, tried to take off heard some clanking... which then felt like the bike wouldn't move... so i raised the seat got back on and after about 5 or so tries the clanking sounds stopped and let me take off. I rode it around the block, but man it was sure difficult.
I also wanted to thank all of those that had posted their stories of inspiration. It is good to know that others started off with more challenges than I, and were able to make it through.
So now for my questions. Bike recommendation:
I have been to some of the shops around and I really like Performance Bicycle in Plano. They recommended one of the two following bikes to me (I don't know which of the two it was though...) Mongoose Tyrax 1 or Mongoose Tyax 2
I also, stopped by a shop in Rockwall. They recommended this Specialized Cross Trail.
I liked the way both of the bikes rode in the shops, but I wanted to get the opinions of everyone on here on these bikes, and if you have other recommendations I am open to them too.
I plan to ride to the shops locally (around a mile or so from my house) and on some bike trails around.
Thanks for any input you guys provide!