I live in the Rockford, IL area - which is about 75 West of Chicago, right near the state line bordering Wisconsin. Last year I purchased a Trek 1000 road bike. It's an entry level bike, but I've enjoyed about 1200 miles on it so far. Only ridden twice this year - it's still pretty darn cold here! I also have a Specialized mountain bike, which I've owned for about 6 years. I just recently replaced the knobby tires with skinnier ones without tread. I never ride it offroad anyhow - not really my interest. I haven't even taken the new tires on the road yet. Both of my bikes have SPD clipless pedals.
I also recently purchased my 10 year old daughter a small Trek 1000 road bike, and hope to have her riding alongside me soon. There were many times last year when I didn't ride because she couldn't go along.
I've ridden a few times with a local bike club, and hope to ride more. I'd like to get into some events for the sport of "doing it" (not to win). I became more interested in road biking from a recent exboyfriend, who used to ride competitively (I think he said he rode over 400 miles in a 24 hour period once - gads!), but would never go riding with me 'cuz I had a "slow bike path bike". Too little, too late I guess!
I'm looking forward to alot more riding this year. I'm waiting for a Kurt Kinetic trainer to arrive in the mail so that I can get my legs in shape!