About five years ago I was riding a lot, but not having fun (my boyfreind was very bossy, and kept pushing me harder and harder).
After that, I slowed way down. Someone gave me a car, and I got REALLY lazy.
The car died in November, but I could not get enthused about shopping for another. When global warming made the front page of the Oregonian newspaper, I finally stopped fence-sitting, and decided to forego owning a car. I am now transitioning back into riding.
Today, I worked on my bike for two hours (Schwinn Letour mid-70's). She really started to fall apart during my period of neglect, but I feel good about working on her . I felt that I have finally met some supportive folks who will help me learn bikes. And my work on her is not entirely wasted, if I learn how to not abuse my next bike. I also own a Schwinn Traveller (bought as a spare, but never ridden since purchase.)
I have a third bike called a Mountain Eagle by Magna. Got it for free. Don't know anything about it. (Is it just a crummy department store bike?)
At this point, I am really overweight (obese, actually). I weigh around 250 and I am 5' 7" in height. I was thinking about health care recently, about how what we call health care isn't really caring for health, it is just managing illness. Well, maybe I can help my health as well as the planet's health by riding my bike.
Besides, there is no public transit to some places I want to access, so biking is a good option.