Well i just finished up my first week of actually owning a bike (road bike) other then when I was 12. I was only able to get in 60 miles for the week because I've been insanely busy but this is what i've learned so far. Riding up hill sucks, riding down hill is a blast, wind is a pain in the butt, unless its in your favor. Riding on roads with cars isn't as scary as i thought, dogs can be a pain, people dont pay you much attention in cars, and i think some try to see just how close they can get to you with out actually hitting you. The more I ride the more i seem to prefer being down far on the handlebars instead of more upright. I now know why my helmets visor has holes in it, cycling is alot of fun, and i still dont know much. I'd also like to thank everybody whose replied to me so far on the forum, its been helpful. Now things i need to learn about, hopefuly can get some help on. My bike seat still isn't that comfortable, its not so bad once i get going, but when i first hit that seat the sorness seems to still be there from the last ride. I hear you need to "condition" your tush... how long does that take? or should I maybe look into buying a more comfortable seat. Are those pedals where you latch your shoe in that much better? the ones i have now just have straps on them to strap my feet in. Whats a good site that'll show me proper form and the like ? How often do you re air up your tires? And what gears do yall use? i mean there's like 21 gears, but its a 7 speed so... i guess maybe a tutorial that explains how all that works would be swell too. I'll stop with that, so much to learn... i apologize for my ignorance. Thanks again.