Yes, I am a newbie to your site. I loved riding my Nishiki International (which I still have) as a teenager (I am now a 44 year old middle aged woman...time flies!!!) and I wanted to get a new bike so I can start riding again. I am looking to get into better shape and maybe lose a few pounds in the deal, too.I know that I will only exercise if I do something I will enjoy, such as riding a bike. I went to my local bike shop and tried many of the bikes there. I really liked the Jamis Explorer 1.0 and ended up with that. (in baby doll pink , no less.) I took my first ride yesterday, huffing and puffing up the hills all the way, but it felt so good to be on a bike again !! Sore legs and all ! I was a little embarassed about being seen on the pink bike, but like the guy at the bike store said...."life is short...have fun !!""..so, what the heck..pink it is..