I've lost 74 lbs since March 21, 2011, and I'm really excited to join the cycling community. I currently weigh 365 pounds, but by the time I actually buy a bike in December I should be just a bit under 350.
I plan to ride 50/50 road and trail since there's a nice trail less than a mile away from my house. The trail is really easy terrain, no hills, but it is mostly rocks and dirt. I don't plan on doing any jumping anytime soon. So for now most of my riding should be easy. I'm not so much worried about the terrain I'll be riding so much as I am about a bike even just holding my weight. As I get more experienced and drop some more weight though I would like to do some harder trails. So, should I look for front suspension mountain bikes?
Some mountain bike suggestions would really be helpful. My maximum price range would be $1,000.