I am a newbie from Hartford, CT and excited to participate in this forum. Lots of great information on here. I am a mid-40 guy with 3 elementary school aged children and my wife. My passion for cycling was re-ignited when I started commuting to work (18 miles each way). It was a great time to ride and exercise when I would of been sitting in traffic and doesn't interfere with time on the weekends with the family. My work arrangement is also great for commuting with showers, lockers, and bike racks inside of covered secure parking. My building at work has 2,000 employees, but only 2 or 3 guys commute by bicycle. Kind of sad, but that seems to be the standard in the Hartford area. My bikes are good, but inexpensive. I have a 2 new Raleighs, a '71 Schwinn tourist from the dump, and a Univega mountain bike. I commute on a Raleigh R300 touring bike. It's low end with Sora components, with a rear pannier for my backpack, SKS fenders, and 28C tires. It's a comfortable ride. My racing bike is a stock Raleigh R800 with Ultegra and carbon fork. I use this for fast lunch rides when not commuting or weekend rides with my brother in-law who kicks my butt or anyone else who also kicks my butt. I would like to somehow strengthen my sprinting capabilities so I could keep up with these guys. Most of them are triathalon or duathalon guys which I am neither. Well, I probably bored you enough with who I am, and I look forward to hearing from you in the forums.