My name is Rick, and I'm somewhat of a newbie cyclist.
Ever hear of Swampscott, Massachusetts? That's where I live! It's a small seacoast town about 15 miles north of Boston.
I was an avid rider in my youth, but marriage, kids, and career all kept me pretty busy. When this spring and my mid-life crisis rolled around, my wife and I decided to buy a couple of bikes. Not having a lot of money, (4 sons, 3 of them teens) we went to our lbs and bought a couple of Trek 7100 hybrids. When you toss in 2 pairs of cycling shorts, 2 jerseys, 2 helmets, and all the other little accessories our budget was busted! Well, that was it, I was in love with a bike again. We spent the summer riding most every weekday morning for 15-20 miles before work. On Saturdays we managed a little further.
We usually ride 3-4 miles to the local rail-trail, and spend a lot of time on the trails. The hybrids have worked well for us having the combinsation of road and dirt trail. We just bought a Thule hitch rack, and once we get a hitch installed next week we're heading out to the trails in a local forest. If I can figure out the logistics, I might ride the 5 mile commute to work.
We've been lurking here and reading up on all we could about cycling. This forum has been a great resource. I'll keep reading, and now that I've come out of hiding maybe I'll post if I ever have something interesting or clever to say.