Hello! been lurking around for a few weeks and finally decided to say Hi, as I'm picking up my bike tomorrow morning!
Getting it out of the way, I'm 6'4 and roughly 320lb =( I've always been active, playing sports in high school and college and regularly hitting the gym twice a week, I've always just been a big guy, even at my lightest I was always around 220-230.
Since joining the IT ranks of Corporate America, I've ballooned up and since last October I've been trying to get back into the swing of things. Going out on my lunch and what-nots I noticed there is a paved bike trail that travels right behind my work! So I looked into it and found out it actually drops off less then a mile from my house and goes right to work! It's about a 6 mile ride, and pretty flat, so not too bad!
I went to a few of my local bike shops and did some research for a few weeks, about what would be best suited for me and my needs, after test riding a dozen plus bikes and talking with them I decided on a Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er, It was between that and the Trek Mamba, but Specialized being a local company, and hearing great things about their customer service is what tipped the scales in their favor.
I pick up the bike tomorrow morning and I can't wait! I feel like Xmas morning! Super excited to get out there and start riding, not just to work, but all around! If it's ok I'll try to post some pics when I get it!
Anyways, just wanted to drop in and say you might see me around here more often, this seems like a great community! Thanks!