Last August, my ignored type 2 diabetes caught up with me. After a night in the emergency room for high blood sugar and screwed up electrolytes, I decided it was time to finally take care of my health. I was sent home on insulin at 335 pounds (497 blood glucose 13/A1C). Now 6 months later I'm now 272 with normal blood sugar (5.6 A1C) and no more insulin. On 1500 calories a day I'm still losing about 2.5 pounds a week and I feel terrific. A month ago, I started to ride 30 minutes a day on my recumbent exercise bike. I would love to get a real bike for my 58th birthday next month to ride around the streets and paths of my little NJ town. I don't plan on climbing mountains or racing down the highway (at least not right now.) Any recommendations for a sturdy bike that would carry my weight? I would like a comfortable bike (I have back issues) with an upright position. Some good gearing wouldn't hurt to take me up the occasional hill or incline. Any suggestions would be appreciated. BTW, I've enjoyed reading your stories. They're very inspiring and I want to join my brother Clydesdales on the road.
Harrington Park, NJ