After years of being a (self confessed) lazy sod, I got a treadmill because the Beer Gut was taking shape at an increasing faster rate of Knots! So the realisation that i was getting older crept in. (only 32 mind) Anyway after approx, 6 months using said Treadmill i started to hate it, although it was working, i lost a few visible pounds. However after i was making excuses not to use it.... bathing kids, washing up etc.... One weekend me and the Wife went away for the night..So we used the Hotel Pool, and even the Gym, (the wife had packed the gym stuff) I instantly sneered at the Treadmills and hopped straight on an Exercise Bike. I had never been on one before. WOW i thought, this great.... I couldn't believe how much i had enjoyed it, 35 minutes later i got off it, still smiling. I need one of those i said to the wife! She on the other hand just laughed.... But we decided when we get some spare money we will get one. Looking around i soon realised to get a good one you need to spend a lot of money! (too much for my budget) Then someone said buy a Bike for outdoors, I'm not a very confident person, i hate the thought of people watching me, especially when i am either running or Cycling outside. hence why i want the home Gym stuff! But anyway i have decided to go the Outdoor Bike route and also get a Turbo Trainer thingy for indoor use..... I decided this last week, but even just getting a cheap shitty bike is proving difficult for me, its annoying, the fact i need to start at the bottom, Get a cheap Bike, If i enjoy it, then upgrade... i know all this. I thought it would be straight forward - Having 2 young children, a wife who works for an airline so has funny working hours! and not much spare cash to throw about makes even looking for the right Bike very difficult, let alone having to collect it! Also i believe i need to be measured for a frame size! I let slip to a friend that i had a pair of Lycra shorts, so i have had a week of ridicule etc.... this doesn't bother me, i just want to wear whatever i like and get out and ride. Fingers crossed in a few weeks i will be able to get going so to speak, its just the longer its taking me to get there the more dis-heartened i am becoming! It would be easier if some friends were interested in cycing, but no-one i know is...... I'm just new to all this forum stuff, and not being able to partake is bugging me! Well i'v rambled on enough, sorry! lol..... just wanted to get a few things off my chest, seemed like a good place to do it, i imagine many of you have been in similar positions. Fingers crossed i'm out there on a Bike in a few Weeks..... Gary.