Wow, thanks for all the inspiration. Reading through this really is a must for anyone struggling to be inspired to get off their butts.
I'm 6ft, 37 years old and was 290 when I bought my bike three years ago. It's a cruiser 7 speed Townie and I have passed lots of road bikes with skinny people on them. I always get a funny look or even a rude look. I just yell, fat guy coming through and that makes every laugh.
My weight has gone up and down, but this morning I was 239 and looking forward to even smaller numbers.