I am new here but not new to bicycle commuting. I rode a bike to work and back for 20 years back home in Ontario Canada but I recently moved to the west coast (Vancouver) and started a new job today and rode my brand new Raleigh "Gator" MTB to work and home for the very first time. My commute is only 30 minutes so it's perfect for me. It feels great to get good exercise, fresh air and save money at the same time. This will also be the first winter commuting I will be doing since they don't get snow here (lot's of rain) and I'm really looking forward to being able to ride my bike 12 months of the year. Where I am originally from in Ontario you can ride usually from April until November...then the freezing temperatures and snow starts.
As for the bike. It's great for what I am using it for. I plan on getting slicks for it and fenders and a rack for the back as I don't ride in dirt and only will be using this bike to get around town since it's my only transportation. Eventually I would like to get another more commuter "friendly" bike but this one was all I could afford at $179 and like I said...I wouldn't ever take it in the mountains. Even with the front shocks it offers a pretty nice stable and comfortable ride.
Anyhow...it was a beautiful morning ride at about 59 degrees going in and in the 70's coming home and sunshine all this week.
This is a cool forum and I just discovered it. I look forward to reading the helpful and interesting posts and contributing when I can.