Hi- I never do things in the right order. I have been posting on Cyclocross in search of a new bike and I bought a LeMond Poprad today but I never introduced myself which I now see is the preferred process.
I live on the peninsula of the San Francisco bay area in an idylic setting teaming with bicycle riders. I used to ride a road bike and did a few triathalons back when the Budweiser series was in my backyard. Then I got married and lost my game. After I had my first son (now 11), I sold my beloved road bike and not-so-loved mountain bike and bought a Cannondale hybrid because I thought that it was a better choice for hauling a kid behind. I lived up a really steep hill and it bothered me because in my mind I knew that every bike ride would involve a car (some of my neighbors rode the hill but no one did it up the narrow road with a kid attached) which made no sense to me. I did not get a car until I was 24 (anathema in California but I grew up in NYC) and was very oriented to walking or biking everywhere.
Fast forward a decade and I live on a relatively flat road and have been itching to ride more. I rode the hybrid a bit but decided it was really too big for me (at 5'10" and 35" inseam but a short reach) and gave it to my now ex-husband in exchange for some handiwork around my house. I have been getting my two sons, now 7 & 11, out on the road a bit and seem to have a daredevil and granny. They are on Schwinn (excellent for the beater kid) and a Raleigh Passage 4.0 (perfect for granny). I bought myself a Trek 7500 and thought I was done. But I noticed that I wasn't enjoying riding the way I used to. A trip on a dirt road drove the point home: it was too slow on the pavement getting there, too heavy, the handle bars too high and close, and I really did not have in my body memory standing with this type of handle bars. I loved the dual purpose on/off road features but it was not me. I wanted to get my game back on and found this forum while search for cyclocross bike info. It was a great help and I got my bike and am back on the road!