I suppose a quick introduction is needed.
Location: Suburbs of Chicago
Reason for Cycling: Being one of many American's that are taken back by high gas prices I have decided to jump in to the bicycling craze which I'm certain many other people like myself have done or will be doing.
In early July I will be moving to a new condo within 5 miles of my job which now opens up the possibility of biking to work rather than driving. At this time I do not own a bike which is what brought me here. I'm hoping to see what others much more experienced than I have to say on the subject and am looking to get suggestions (in the other forums) on what I should purchase.
Seeing I haven't rode a bike since I was an early teenager I'm looking foward to once again experincing the thrill I felt back then. I figure nothing but positives will emerge as the exercise will be good (although I do work out regurarly), the money I will save on gas, the wear and tear on my car, and the positive results my actions will have on the environment. And to add a bit of shock value I'm a republican but don't hold that against me! lol
The only downer of course is I know I won't be doing this during the Chicago winters which is a bummer. Still I look foward to what I hope will be a decision which will have positive effects on my life as well as those around me.
I look foward to interacting with many of you.