Hello all I'm from Central California and today was my first day commuting to work in my Specialized Crossroads Sport (WOW way faster than my last bike). I am only three miles from work, and go home for lunch everyday, so my commute is only 12 miles round trip. I actually was using a Schwinn beach cruiser last spring but the chain kept falling off so I started using my truck again.
I also had the bike shop install the Topeak Babysitter, so the whole family can get out.
My gym buddy also wants to start biking to the gym in the morning which is only 2 miles from the house. So this looks like the summer of biking.
BTW you all have a very nice forum. very informative and clean. I own a forum also (dog related). Not sure if links are acceptable so I wont post one.
Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
You probably live in a bike friendly climate too. That is a great help. Getting into a car, just seems dull after adopting to bike commuting. Cars zip you along in a sealed bubble; not letting you smell the smells or notice your surroundings. You will find you see so much more on a bike and will have plenty of new recommendations as to interesting spots to explore with family/friends as a result of being more attunded to your surroundings. Keep at it until you are well tuned cyclist and you will never go back, unless you move to Minnesota.