I just got home this afternoon from the bike shop with my new bike, after 5 years without even sitting on one! I took it right out for my first ride. It was also my first time ever with clipless pedal, but I immediately got the hang of them and felt the benefit.
Unfortunately I got a flat (through the "tuffie" inner tube, no less) just 6 or so miles into the ride, and I had to push it home, but I dont care! It was a blast!
Tomorrow morning I am off to the bike shop to get a new inner tube (and maybe some road tires, i am digging the speed on the road!) and will be testing a route to work from home, to see if the occasional commute to work is feasable/safe (Miami is very unsafe for bikes).