Hi from Alexandria Va
I'm new to road bikes but not to cycling, had a "comfort bike" before my recent road bike purchase. Spent several months researching road bikes and ended up with an Olmo Millenium outfitted with a mixed Campy Centaur/Chorus (rear derailleur) group, Campy Zonda wheels, Thomson stem, FSA Wing Pro handlebars, Selle saddle and Ritchey carbon seat post. She's a beauty to look at and ride.
After some bike familiarization rides, I'm now "building a base", as distance runners say, on local bike trails. Subsequently, plan to do distance riding and perhaps try a race in the future. Still doing distance running. Hence the handle strider.
I'm in the masters age bracket.