Hello from Austin, TX
I have been interested in bicycles since a kid... the time where 30-40 pound wheelie bikes with banana seats (or plastic spoked BMX bikes) were for the kids and the Sears Free Spirit ten speeds with friction shifters on the stem for the adults were the mainstay.
Due to just life, I went from walking, to riding a bus, to driving a vehicle fairly early on in life -- no real "bicycling" stage as a kid.
Just due to life events, I never learned how to ride a bike. I promised myself many times, and a couple years back, bought a new decent Garry Fisher (a Joshua F3, when the back end was made out of aluminum, not cro-moly like the last year it was made)... then had a bad reaction to a medication that nearly put me under, and took me years to recover. The Gary Fisher has been ridden probably about 35 feet in its lifetime, and has had a place in a bedroom ever since. It is also one of the few dual-suspension bikes that offers a suspension lockout switch, but for obvious reasons, its not good to do major drops with it locked out, unless one likes busted oil seals. Once I get going on that, that may be a cool thing for climbing.
Now, I have plenty of time (finishing up college after 15 years in IT/consulting) to learn. I had a Raleigh to learn on, realized it was too unique to take the risk of crashing, so just bought a low-end Kona for learning on, then it will be my commute bike around campus. I look forward to the time where I can actually get the Garry Fisher out of the bedroom and on trails (when I'm confident I won't wreck the thing on the first branch or curve.)
As for other bikes in my stable, a relative promised me a "decent" road bike soon. "Decent" is relative... I have no clue if it means a velo with a carbon fiber flame and all Dura-Ace components... or some rusted ten-speed Huffy. If its ridable, any road bike is better than nothing at all.
But first, its just the basics of riding and keeping a line for me. I have a long ways to go, as I'm very out of shape. However since I have the time, its something I need to do for long term health... as well as something fun that isn't related to some type of computer or electronic gadget as the primary means.