Shantra - Welcome! I didn't notice your ticker either until you mentioned it! We all started out one mile at a time on our bikes, so please know that this group of cyclists know where you are. If you haven't ridden in a while, I would start with a mountain bike or hybrid. The skinny tires on road bikes can be a bit daunting if you aren't familiar with them. Take your bike to a local bike shop (LBS) and see if it is salvagable. If not, donate it to Working Bikes. Get something that you are comfortable with and give yourself and your body time to adapt. If you need anything, private advice or what not, please feel free to contact me directly. Anything I can do to get another cool chick on a bike, is fine by me!
I started biking (again) at 345 lbs. So no laughing from me! My bike (also second hand) is perfect for me as it's built like a tank, all steel cro-moly frame. A GT Karakoram for those who care. I'll never get rid of it, even when I eventually buy a new one when I reach my goal weight. Because it represents in it my turning point, or my "spark" if you will. My most prized possession.
Welcome and sincere best of luck!
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Well I asked my husband and he said the bike he got me, ok a while ago secondhand, is a 10 speed mountain bike, he doesn't know what make it is. Hmm.. wondering if a hybrid or road bike would be better to start with.
Started riding my mountain bike at two hundern sepenty one pounds. No matter how much air I'd put in my back tire seemed like that sucker was still flat. It would make a growling noise on payment that would make all the joggers laugh. It took dropping fifteen pounds but now my back tire purrs like a very angry cat.
You are right, I didn't look at your ticker. Even had I looked at it I wouldn't have laughed. I saw your topic and thought this person is exactly like me! You inspire me. I am also new to this forum, stick around please.
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Hi and welcome to the team! You do need to take those bikes out of your garage, tune them up, especially give them a safety check, probably buy a new helmet, (old ones lose their reliability, and take them for a ride.
“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.” Mark Twain
Best of luck at it! Depending on how long those bikes had been in the garage, and your own mechanical abilities, please take them to a bike shop to have them given a once over. Hate to see you have a flat or ride a bike that's not in good enough shape to be ridden, and get hurt as a result. Yes, bikes can get out of shape from non-use same as we do. It's just a whole lot easier to get them back in as close to new as it gets.
Again good luck in meeting those goals!
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