Hello from (soon-to-be) Rhode Island!
Hi! I'm new to cycling; I just bought a used bike from a friend (Cannondale) and after a few rides I love it. I stumbled upon these forums as I was looking for info about this sport, and after reading through a few threads I'm so impressed by how friendly and helpful you all are! I'm hoping to stay involved in the sport; I was a competitive DI rower in college, and a year out I miss the hours of aerobic activity I used to do each day. I've been running this year, but cycling takes you so much faster, so much farther -- and, I can ride for 2 hours without killing my feet! Plus, the burn in my quads as I (slowly, for now) attempt to climb hills brings me back to the days of erg tests and 2k races. What a great sport!
I'll be moving to Rhode Island in a couple of weeks and I'm hoping I'll be able to connect with a club or group there.
Well, that's my intro -- it seems like this is a terrific sport with a lot of great people, and I hope to be around for a while, even though for now I'll probably be asking a lot of dumb beginner questions.