Hi there from Northern Virginia
Another relatively new biker from the Northern Virginia area. I've been a biker pretty much all my life in some form or another. I had a bit of a hiatus after college since I didn't have a bike and no room to keep it. But I got back into about 3 years ago for about 3 months. Then again this past spring (end of March) I really got back into it. I now do charity rides, plus occasional century rides on the weekends, plus I commute to work 3 or 4 times per week (23 miles round trip). I'm actually going to go for my longest ride tomorrow. A friend and I are attempting a 200 KM ride up the C&O Towpath starting at Great Falls. It should be fun.
I'm a 32 year old male, and I'm really into the bike to lose weight at first. Now, I'm still trying to drop weight, but I have aspirations to maybe one day race and/or do triathalons. We'll see how that goes... but the first priority is to drop a lot of weight. I have an old beater mountain bike (GT Outpost) that I bought from a store that was going out of business for $75. It's in pretty decent shape, but needs some major overhaul. I use it for riding on dirt paths and for poor weather (rain/snow). I just bought a new road bike (LeMond Poprad) in April that I use for the road, bike paths, and commuting. I've already put 1800 miles on it and just recent wore thru my first rear tire... WOOHOO... lol. I just past 2100 miles since the end of March and am hoping to reach 3500 by the end of the year. I'm hoping to ride (commute) almost year around and next year my goal will be 5000 miles.
Thanks and look forward to post some more on this board.