Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: East Florida
Bikes: '66 Raleigh Superbe, 80 Nishiki Maxima, 07 Gary Fisher Utopia, 09 Surly LHT
It's not about the bike. Tell him to try a cheap used mountain bike off Craigslist, for starters. Throw on some slick tires, and replace the wheelset with a good 36H if it starts popping spokes.
Counting calories works. It's much easier if you eliminate all high sugar foods. If you eat mostly fruits and vegetables, lean meats and whole grains, it turns to be relatively easy to eat the right amount of calories and not be hungry. If you eat the sugar, your blood sugar spikes, then dips, and you feel hungy sooner.
It doesn't matter where you start, as far as fitness level. Very small increases in speed and distance can add up to a lot over time. In a year or two, he could be right there with you.
Get him to post in here, and he'lll get nothing but help and positive feedback.
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