Hello. I live in Boise, Idaho, and have just started riding my mountain bike that I bought from a friend. I'm very overweight, but excited to get my fitness back under my control. When I started riding I weighed 380, and I'm down ten pounds in the first few weeks.
I decided that because I moved to a new house about 3.5 miles away from work I would start bike commuting. At first it would take me about 26 minutes to make the trip, and I was always exhausted. I also found that I would only ride 2 or 3 times a week because I always had other stuff going on where I would need a car (offsite meetings, Dr apt in the middle of the day, lunch apt etc.). I was becoming discouraged about how often I felt I couldn't ride to and from work.
What I started doing last week is just leaving my car at work. It has been working out wonderfully and I'm excited about being able to commute close to 5 times a week now. I've got my fastest time clocked at 16.5 minutes (from 26 when I started) to work so I'm improving and that helps keep me motivated. I also find that I REALLY like riding bikes. It reminds me of when I was younger and I would downhill ski, I get the same rush from riding.
I'm happy to see that I'm not the only very heavy guy to start cycling, and it has helped ease my fears a bit. I'm still worried that I'm going to find a way to destroy my bike because of my weight, which is actually what caused me to look on the web for other heavy riders. Anyway, I think I'm going to be spending a good deal of time on this forum.
Here is a pic of my bike. I know 'stuff' isn't cool on a bike, but it helps me. I've added the lights, the small pocket up front, rack on the back, a cheap bell computer, a frame pump and water bottle cage.