I'm 5' 1", 245 pounds, 57 years old.... signed up yesterday, new bicycle, first ride.
Though I've had my Novara Randonee for a couple weeks, today I took it to a pro and had an informal "fitting" done. This is what he advised a new guy taking up road biking:
"Just RIDE!.... don't over-think it all.
One hour a day, three days a week. In a year when you've lost some weight and gained some flexibility, we can have some custom shoes made for you (I have small/fat Hobbit feet) and set the bike up for properly with clip-in shoes, lower handlebars, etc."
SOooo.... June 1st, 2011. Odometer on my nautical GPS (mounted to the stem) read 21,010 miles.... after my 45" ride this evening & 10 miles later, it now reads 21,020. Gotta go grill that chicken breast now, eat leftover raviolis from last night, and pour myself some wine. Next challenge, learning to eat right/nutritionally.... maybe even losing some weight some day.