Thanks for the input and the motivation!! This is really starting to become a hobby now. We had more of a mountain bike that I tried riding, but they had off road tires, so it made it a pain to try to enjoy riding, though I was riding to exercise.
My dad then had borrowed a friends bike for something, and it was nice, smooth, and just so much easier to ride. In turn, he bought a new bike similar to that one (I think it was a hybrid), and I rode it a few times. I really enjoyed it, etc. Long story short, I ended up getting my bike for xmas (instead of a bunch of cash), so I'm very excited for the weather to warm up. I like it as a hobby because it gets me outside to enjoy the weather when its nice. Not always being cooped up inside or in the gym for that matter.
As with any hobby, comes the expense. But I can justify more things because they lead to me being more healthy!