So I took my new bike out for it's first ride yesterday. My ever-supportive wife hooked the baby carrier up to her bike and went out with me. It felt good to be out and on a bike again. I used to ride as my primary form of transportation about 15 years and 200 lbs ago.
The bike felt stable, to recap I'm about 6'1" and ~410 lbs and purchased a Kona Steely. I however, was not so stable. It seemed to me as if I had alot more weight on my hands than I used too. The grips on my bike seemed kind of small and scary, and even with padded gloves I had tingle-hands by the time I got done (less than 20 minutes). I also noticed that I have some major balance issues to overcome now that I am this heavy. Although it didn't seem to keep me from staying up and on the bike, it did greatly limit my maneuverability. At one time I was "forced" off the road by my seeming lack of ability to make the bike go where I want it.
We chose a route that we hoped would be the least hilly of all our options, but even so I was faced with a rather steep but smallish hill that almost did me in. Over the past few months I've been working out on an Elliptical, but nothing compares to the burn I had in my lungs at the end of this workout. We live at ~6000 feet elevation, so air is a bit lacking.
Overall, it was an "ok" first ride. I didn't crash and burn, but geez did it hurt when I got off the bike. Now the hardest part......making sure it happens as close to everyday as I can get!