I've been lurking here for a few weeks, and all of your stories have been very inspirational!
I am a 47 year old professional, 6', 250 or so, and I am fed up. Like many of you, sedentary life has caught up with me, and I need to start exercising or die trying. Fortunately, other than being (technically) obese, I am in great health. I've been walking a lot lately. It's definitely helping, but frankly, I find it a bit boring...... scratch that, REALLY boring, even when my wife and dogs are along.
A few weeks ago, the family and I were at a resort, and rented bikes. I had completely forgotten just how much fun riding bikes can be after nearly 30 years of not doing (Growing up on Long Island, I LIVED on my bike until I started driving), and I spent an hour or so every day of the trip riding around the complex on a Trek hybrid of some type.
As it was our 23rd wedding anniversary, and we were looking for something for both of us, I suggested bikes. My wife (who is not quite an Athena, but could definitely use a little cardio herself) immediately agreed, so it was off to the LBS for a fitting. After riding a number of bikes in the $500-$1000 range, we ended up ordering a pair of Giant Escape 3's. They should be in the shop in the next few days, if they're not there already.
Thanks for all the wisdom and inspiration folks......