I have been away from mountain biking for a couple of years and during that time have put on a massive amount of weight(5ft 7in, 19st) and I am determined to lose it by cycling. To do so I built my self a custom build 140mm trail bike and spent £4K in the process. My problem is that I am terrified to ride it for a couple of reasons:
1. I dont want to be laughed at and judged on the trails for the old saying "All the gear and No idea", I have years of cycling experience and I fear my bulk may not make it look like that.
2. After spending £4K on my bike I'm worried my weight might cause to much stress on frame forks and shock and damage them.
Any suggestions on overcoming my fears would be welcome as I really want to ride.