I would like to start off by saying that you folks are awesome. Many of you are already quite an inspiration to me. I weight 280 pounds and resently found out that my cholesteral and triglycerides are WAY too high. So, I need to change some things. Mostly my eating habits and I need more exercize. I've been eating much better and working out at night so far. My wife and I have been talking about getting bikes for 4 years. I think it's the perfect time to "get off the pot" and make a purchase. I want to be ready to ride once the snow is gone. I have no idea what to get so the process has only begun. We are going to check out the local bike shops and hope I can get something decent to start with. Just wanted to say hello. I look forward to spending a lot of time here.