Hi! I am a 53-year old who never rode a bike until 5 weeks ago, and I am an addict. I ride a '95 Raleigh M-80 (steel frame) and an '88 Schwinn Worldsport, while refurbishing a Premis ('88) and a '78 Raleigh Super Grand Prix. A '95 Trek 835 and '69 Varsity also lie disassembled on my workbench. More are expected.
My goal is to ride singletrack (20+ challenging miles right here in Lubbock parks), get fitter, and eventually do 40 miles or more both road and MTB.
But streets and cars scare the heck outta me. This is not a big city, but two cyclists have been killed in the last year or so in separate events. So I ride the streets only on Sunday mornings when the aggressive and the inebriated are sleeping in. It's hard to put in serious road mileage that way.