I just recently got into triathlons as new way to stay motivated in keeping up with exercising and nutrition. In doing that, I found myself really enjoying cycling again. I just recently bought a Specialized Allez Eite. I've made a few upgrades and have found myself totally getting into cycling. One of the key reasons beyond the quality and fit of the bike itself was that I thought it looked great. I have the brushed aluminum version. I just ordered new higher end rims for it as well. I've learned that when I just really really like something, be it my guitar or now my bike, I'm a lot more motivated to stick with it. Since getting the Allez, I've found myself biking even more and taking longer rides. It's been a very positive experience and has helped me keep on track. I've lost just over a 100 pounds over the past year or so, and am well on my way to getting back to college fitness level of 240 10% bodyfat. I'm at 265 right now, so I have a ways to go, but this new passion has definately helped. I've found so much useful info and opinions on this board which has just got me that much more into cycling.