The last time I rode a bike was nearly 20 years ago. At that time I rode everywhere on a Fuji road bike. Loved it....at least until I wiped horribly on a long ride with a group from my school. Front wheel turned into a prezel going down a hill at about 50. Ended flipping several times in the air ( according to other riders...I just knew I was airborne...happened too fast). Luckily I had bought a new helmet for the trip and it shattered on impact, saving my brain. Fortunately I only ended up with a serious case of road rash and bumps / bruises. Haven't been on a bike since.
Flash forward to today. After having just gone through 5 months of physical therapy to alleviate a nasty case of sciatica....and finally able to move around w/o pain, decided to buy a bike to help me become fit. The last 5 months I had been rather sedate with the sciatica and packed on an additional 50 pounds( stress eating). I wasn't small by any means before...but now I am at 385 lbs and 6'5. It was a shock to get on the scale and see that number.
So today I went out and bought a bike. I remembered just how much fun it was to cruise around and get to destinations under my own power. I remembered how much more enjoyable it was to bike to a destination and seing so much more than when you drove. I remembered the whistling in my ears as you picked up speed. I just remembered so many positive aspects of riding and had forgotten about the fear of the wreck.
I ended up going with a Trek Navigator 1.0. I realize it's not a super duper bike, but after several test rides at our LBS it seemed to be the one for me. Hard tail.....solid front forks and no post shock. I tried some of the others with shocks and they just bottomed out. It has 36 spokes which should hold up ok. I might add some higher quality componenets in the future depending on how well this holds up. I only plan on doing paved trails with this bike so no hard pounding. I will definitely be riding to work as it is only a little over a mile away and going on rides with my wife and kids. MY short ride today has confirmed you definitely get excercise when riding. Legs are a little sore already....lol. I guess that happens when you start out doing anything new.
Anyway....just thought I'd introduce myself and write everything out. I feel like if I have a solid plan I will stick with it. I don't think it will be too much of an issue though. Took it out once I got home, and despite the 40 degrees and 30 mph winds, had an absolute blast and caught myself smiling and even laughing on several occasions.