Hello,Everybody and Happy Holidays.I finally went out and got myself a fairly decent road bike.Boy oh boy have things in the bicycle industry changed.I treated myself to a Trek 1000 only because it fit into my budget(cash) and I've been away from longer bicycle rides for a number of years.What suburban kid didn't have a bicycle(s) when they were growing up? I had several-Columbia,Schwinn,Raleigh,Panasonic.From 20"coaster brakes and 26" rimmed,3spd."English Racers."My first serious road bike was a Panasonic 10 gear of unknown vintage....It just feels good to be back on 2 wheels and as Lance says I feel like I'm 14 when I'm on a bike.Exactly!! Now that I have kids of my own,(and a job,mortgage,wife,car,truck,boat,etc)the simple act of pedaling a bicycle around the neighborhood,or around town is refreshing.I surprised myself (and my lovely wife) with this exuberance.Ahhh..Life is good!!!!