I'm 40, 6'1" 220Lbs. Thats about 20-25 pounds over weight for me. I've been pretty much a mass taking up space the last few years and have decided to get back in shape and back into riding.
When I started out 2 months ago, I was dying on that bike. Could barely make 3 Km's. Now I'm up to just shy of 60 Km's in 2 hours 40 minutes. I owe it to this site and this forum. I was bi***ing and complaining at how out of shape I am, and how hard riding is, and blah, blah, blah..... Then I came here. Please don't take this the wrong way, but the challenges I face are mere mole hills to what some of you were up against. I no longer complain. I just push myself harder. I have no excuse. It's absolutely amazing to see the transformations. Honorable to say the least. I use them as fuel for my own determination.
I ride a Squat Rack A.K.A Pinarello Asolo. It's a columbus tubed juggernaut with a 42-22 small gear. Needles to say, a driveway is a monumental climb for me. Hopefully that thing shaves off the pounds.
I've not lost a pound in 2 months, but my quads are building daily, so I hope it's muscle I'm adding. I'm eating better and feeling better. Cycling is truly a great way to get in shape.