My name is Zachary and I just purchased my first bike since I was 10. I am 27 and way too fat. I am 5-10 and weigh right at 270 pounds. I bought a 2011 Specialized Sirrus Elite to get me started. I favor the road but would also like to commute to work. Work brings up another topic, stamina. I have been a police officer for almost 3 years and since leaving the academy I have gained 50 pounds. I can feel myself get tired just putting on my uniform. I can't imagine a really violent fight. I have two small girls and a wife at home to think about. I need to lose weight and build my fitness level not only for me, but for my family both on and off the job. I am overwhelmed with excitement to see the level of support that this site provides to a total stranger who only shares a common goal. I look forward to learning and loving my new hobby. I am open to any and all advice on this journey that I am undertaking. Also, if there is anyone near St. Louis I would love to get together. My goal is to be at 185 pounds so as of today I have 85 pounds to go.