Hello, all. I just discovered this forum today and am really thankful for the wealth of info for newbie biker/commuters like myself. Even though I haven't actually started bike commuting yet, I'm looking forward to leaving the car in the garage as much as possible. I'm still pimping my ride and getting my road legs.
My wife and I (25 years this summer) bought mountain bikes 10 years ago, when choices were fewer. (Matching Fuji Nevada's, even though we are normally way too cool to buy "matching things".) We realized pretty soon that we both spent a lot more time on pavement than in mud. The fat tires were too hard to ride and the bike frames just didn't fit us very well, anyway. So they stayed mostly in the basement.
But with renewed interest in living a more sustainable lifestyle, I recently bought a hybrid/crosstraining/city bike with thinner road tires and much taller frame (I'm a little over 6' when I stand up straight). It's a Specialized Sirrus from Bike Source here in the KC area. Their sales staff seems to be very attentive to proper fit and matching the bike style to the rider. Great ride! Now the wife is shopping for hers at the same store - hope to close the deal this afternoon.
Anyway, I'll be looking for good advise on bags, bike-commuter issues, etc.