This is my first post and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone on the forums for all the information that has led to me purchasing my first MTB bike in 13 years! New to forums as well so bear with me. I had no idea what to look for then I found these forums read everything I could for a week and then jumped right in (as I tend too do with anything I put my mind too). I'm currently not sure if I should be making this post in some other thread, but here goes and if I did something wrong I'm sorry.
So why did I find this forum so enlightening? I'm 26 years old, 6'5'', 435lbs (I'm a Double clyde) and had NO idea if I could even ride a bike because I had tried in years past and was discouraged because of my weight. After much forum crawling I went out and got myself a 2011 Specialized Hard Rock and it is fantastic! Double walled rims etc etc, I just keep it at max pressure and I have been able to do whatever I wanted.
After my first ride I wanted to throw the thing away, my backside never hurt so bad! But after a few rides and a bunch of reading later (thanks for all the Aero Tech Designs information) I have all the tools I need to be comfortable out riding the trails. Shorts, gloves, helmet etc. Today was my 6th mountain trail ride and what a trip it was! I of course do trails that are way advanced for me but every successful branch/stump I go over I get more and more excited. So excited in fact that I took a pretty large drop today and ended up face first into a wall of mud! Thank goodness for that mud, I walked away dirty and with a broken pedal but now I know my limits (but no way will I stick too them!).
Thanks for all the great information and I look forward to reading and posting more as my cycling journey has just begun and I couldn't be more excited.