Greetings from San Jose
My name is Steve and I am a cycloholic.
I am a mountain biker and commuter cyclist. I have been commuting to work sporaticly for many years, but made a committed effort in 2001 to ride consistanly. I started on my mountain bike with a backpack and a 30 mile round trip commute. Not long after I started I was given a late 80's Miyata touring bike that had been sitting in a closet for 12 years. Mint condition, the seam in the center of the tires were still present. I have since added fenders, 12volt lighting, clipless pedals, rear panniers, second water bottle cage & computer. This bike is the perfect commuter bike. My company moved and now my commute is only 22 miles round trip. I ride 2-3 days a week and totaled over 3000 miles a year for the last 2 years. Unfortunately I don't mountain bike as much as I used to.
I found this forum just recently and found much useful and wise advice. I hope I can add to the wisdom.