Well, like so many others that found this forum for the first time, I'm getting back in the saddle after a number of years. I rode around 80 miles per week in college on an old Centurian road bike in the late 80's, and haven't done much since. Fast forward to just turning 47 and reaching a very clydesdalesque 220 pounds, I pulled down my old hardtail Mongoose MTB and started doing 10k paved greenbelt rides about a month ago. That has been long enough to know I need a new ride. I'm nearly 100% sure I'm going to go with a hybrid/flat bar road bike rather than a drop bar as a concession to my age and weight. Looking at the Fuji Absolute 2.1 and Diamondback Insight 1 to get started - both are plentiful in the area to test ride after being properly fit (I'm 5'9" with a 30" inseam).
I've been lurking for a while, but am excited to learn more and get back into shape.