I'm 50 something and haven't really ridden in almost 20 years. But, I keep coming back...its the closest thing to flying I can come to without leaving the ground. One thing I had to do since I am suddenly a grey-head is to get one of those new "prostate" saddles :-) and to keep some ibuprofen around. Anyway, I ride an aluminum Schwinn Varsity (yeah, the ones from WalMart). I actually wanted a Trek (Red...even had the shorts and helmut picked out) but my sweet wife, in her unenlightened state, thought she would surprise me. I was indeed surprised to the point of being dumb struck. Turns out this is a pretty good bike, especiallly since my old bike was a Sears Free Spirit. We have a good paved bike trail (13 miles round trip...a lot for me) so I don't have to pose a hazard to our courteous motorists. I've been skulking around the site for a while so thought it was time to own up to it. I'm looking forward to getting back in the saddle and learning something new from this forum. Happy riding and God bless.
I feel the same way about cycling as you. I live in the Twin Cities but my parents live in the country and on nice summer days, the best feeling is taking your bike and traveling on back roads inbetween the farm fields. You can smell the corn in the fields (sometimes you smell other things too) and a motorist hardly ever goes by. When they do, they are extra careful because they don't have the anticyclist biased of the veteran city drivers. Certainly a nice break from dodging cars on crowded streets...
What model bicycle did your wife purchase for you?