I, too, would start with the LBS. Be sure to test ride a bike before you purchase one. If the shop has test saddles, try several of them also. Everyone is different and the saddle can make a big difference. Expensive isn't always better.
Purchase the best bike shorts you possible can. It will make a big difference in your comfort. (and Chamois Butter is your friend)
Also, if there is a bike club in your area contact them for suggestions on routes and beginner rides they may have. It is always nice to have a few people riding with you.
Set a short term goal, like by the end of June I want to ride 5 (or whatever) miles without stopping. Then set a long term goal, like by the end of summer I want to ride 30 miles in a day.
Most important of all, have fun.
1) Track all foods and stay in nutrition range
2) Exercise 30 minutes daily and track
3) Work in sewing room daily
4) Declutter one closet/cabinet or repair something around the house
5) Call or e-mail one out of town family member daily
It's never too late to be what you might have been.
| Pounds lost: 8.0