Hmm, I'm normally antisocial and don't introduce myself on new forums, but for some reason I felt compelled to say hi. I've been browsing now for a week or so, so I guess I'm tired of lurking.
Anyways, I'm a college student who ended up with an old Schwinn Varsity, for commuting purposes. The bike was free at the local thrift store with a $20 purchase, so I couldn't refuse... and I've fallen in love with how smoothly it rides.
I really like the idea of going car-lite, so today I did all of my errands on the bike. It was so freeing! I also just purchased a rack and those folding Wald panniers so that I don't have to endanger myself trying to haul beer & groceries home on the handlebars.
Unfortunately, the side-effect of getting a free bike is that then you have to spend a big chunk of change to outfit yourself. Bike: free, Bell Citi Helmet: $35, Kryptonite cable lock: $15, Eco Rack: $30, Wald Baskets: $30, etc... This is turning into an expensive new venture.