Hi, JJSUNSHINE! Welcome back to bicycling. I don't know what type of bicycle you ride or what your weight is, but if you're really in doubt, call your local bike shop and ask your questions. You will get a lot of different answers, opinions, and advice here, and some advice may not be accurate.
I am overweight also, and I cycle several times a week. I just started cycling again last year. I had not been on a bicycle for many years. Yes, I look like a big circus bear on a tiny bicycle, but that's better than looking like a big circus bear sitting on a sofa, eating junk food and being miserable. I'm not phased by the critics and the jerks! And the best bonus of all is that I'm becoming stronger and more fit every day. I love it!!
Riding with one or two friends is fun for me, but I don't think I'm quite ready to ride on big group rides, as I wouldn't want to slow down the group or be dropped because I couldn't keep up, so I'm okay to cycle alone most of the time...always letting my family or friends know my route. I have set goals, however, to participate in women's only cycling events (different than a "group ride"), and I'm out there working toward those goals. This gives me a target.
I would strongly recommend that you incorporate other types of workouts, such as gym sessions, into your routine. You will need to build strength in every part of your body in order to enjoy and thrive on your bicycle rides.
Good luck, AND HAVE FUN meeting your goals!
Edited by: GARRIE1 at: 3/10/2014 (17:11)
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