I recently purchased a road bike, not from my LBS. No offense to them but their way overpriced. Not a little but a lot. Not only that but there is nothing in the way of free tune-ups or anything to justify it. I just guess it has to do with the part of town it's in and the $$ the people have that shop there. I'll give them credit that they do a good job though and sell good bikes/equipment. Anyways that's another story. But I purchased a GMC Denali. Yes, Yes please don't post about how I shouldn't have gotten one or anything. I've never had a road bike and I'm loving it so far. Later down the road will come the higher investment equipment. Anyways a question. Do you guys/gals bike on the road or path? I rode on two paths and the road today. I had less issues with the cars on the road than I did with the people on the path (i.e. almost went endo trying to avoid an "uneducated" I ride in my ankle length denim shorts with a baseball cap cyclist and then a I'm going to do tricks on my bike in the middle of the path right as this guy is coming up on us). So obviously situationally I should choose the road but what is your choice? Also what is a good cycling distance to start at? I used to ride mountain bikes albeit not regularly. Yesterday I rode 13.65 miles and today I took a kind of off day and rode 4.9 miles (recovery mode ).