Hey all. I've been lurking here for months now, reading posts and learning a lot from the discussions. I thought it would be a good time to jump in and introduce myself, seeing as how I finally ordered my first "real" bike last week and hope to get back into shape after years of working as a desk-jockey and as a full-time college student.
Like a lot of kids, I grew up on a bicycle and even rode a quite a bit into my teens. I started riding again back in the fall, but my old Wally World cheapie mtn. bike is too small for me and was causing some knee pain; and it just wasn't comfortable or fun to ride. I'm 6'4"/285 lb. and I had to have something that fit. So, thanks to lots and lots of internet research, BikeForums and Clydes/Athenas forums included, I narrowed my search down to either a hybrid or cyclocross bike.
I went into my local bike shop last week to look at a 2012 Specialized Tricross and ended up ordering a 2011 Specialized Crux Elite for the same money. The upgrade in components was just too good to pass up for the same price. I can't wait until next week to get my new ride and get back in the saddle and start tearing up our local rails-to-trails state park and some local paved and gravel roads. In the process, I hope to get back in shape and lose a lot of the weight in the process.
Thanks to all who have unknowingly helped me in my bike search and thanks for letting me be a part of the community here.