Last Spring was my first start of the warm season on a bicycle in about 5 or 6 years. I have been riding almost everyday since December 2000. It is funny how I've changed as a cyclist by just realizing what I care about when cycling. Last year I was almost obsessed with miles. It felt really good to be able to ride 100 miles a week, and I thought of little else until I was close to that number. This year I don't care about miles. In fact I don't even use my odometer anymore. This year I care about places. There are towns that I didn't ride in last year that I can't wait to visit by bicycle this year.
Last year I rode my bicycle for almost a week before I figured out that the noise in my wheel was a broken spoke. This year I'm almost constantly maintaining my bike. I'm still not able to true my wheel with accuracy, but if I get a truing stand this summer I'll almost never have to go to my LBS.
I wonder what I'll care about next April.