I'm 58 will be 59 in Oct. I had triple bypass in Nov 2004 and basically became a couch potato. I weigh 275 right now, down from 300 3 months ago. I was recently diagnosed with PAD, I have a blockage in my right leg between my hip and knee. Doctor told me to exercise and if that didn't work it was angioplasty time. I also have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 Diabetes, all under control with meds.
I bought a Trek4300, and plan to ride it on the local roads until I have some kind of stamina. Right now I make it a mile, rest a while and go again. I basically live at the bottom of a "bowl", all the roads head up from my driveway so I get a good workout. I only got the bike last weekend but am wondering if I would be better off replacing the knobbies with slicks if I am staying on the road for a while.
My long term goal is to lose 60-70 pounds, take the Trek off road (several good parks around the DC area) and eventually get a road bike.
I checked with my doctor and she said go for it, but use common sense.
Thanks for any and all information you might be willing to share.