......into cycling, that is, at the tender age of 52.. The last time I rode a bicycle regularly was around 1990 as part of my daily fitness regimen, rode a Raleigh 10-spd about 10-15 miles daily. Then, I "graduated" to dirt bikes and did off road for the next 5 years. Which brings me to now, after years in an office behind a computer I'm 30lbs overweight, 3yrs since diagnosis as a Type II diabetic (have all my levels under control, though), have lower back problems, and am dealing with the beginnings of arthritis in my left hip....
Walking has helped some (running is out due to weight and back), but not the boost I remember from cycling, so I'm going back to it with fresh equipment. I've been looking with interest at a neighbor's his-n-hers Specialized Cirrus and Vida, so this morning I went to my LBS and ordered a 2013 Scott Metrix 40 for myself. My wife also seems interested, so we may get her a bike after she rides the neighbor's Vida some. We live in an area that offers numerous different riding venues, one of the best right by our house.
I'll be starting with 2-5 mile rides, working on making it daily, then up to 10-15 miles a day as my fitness level increases. I'm glad to have found this forum that deals with folks in my situation, I've done a ton of reading already. I'm sure I'll have questions after the bike comes in next week and I make a fresh start on a healthier lifestyle.