New NorCal cyclist here!
Well, it's been over 20+ years that I have ridden a bike more than 2 miles - and I promised myself that I would buy a new bike after I had lost 50 pounds - well - I now own a Giant Escape 2
I tried out several bikes, but this one spoke to me at my current level and it fits great! The LBS set me up with a basic fit, and I got the right gear; helmet (duh), cycling shorts, maintainence kit, etc - all the basics. I pledged to ride (what I thought was unrealistic) 200 miles in May - and here I am 230 miles later! WOOHOO!
I'm trying to start a new blog about my experience and just have some fun posting ideas, etc... http://toddchrist.blogspot.com/
Loving this forum!