Greetings from a transplanted NYer living in QC! I've been riding for a little over two years, but I'm not really sure which "category" I'd fall into as far as cycling goes. I ride trails, though I am hoping to ease into some downhill riding soon. The trails here are mostly a combination of gravel, dirt and pavement.
Here's a bit about me:
I started riding in 2005. I bought a Trek 820 because I was convinced that a "low end" bike shop bike would be a better investment than a "high end" department store bike. I really didn't know much about biking at all and didn't have much to spend, but everybody has to start someplace and the guys at the bike store were kind enough to point me in the right direction. I had no idea upon making the purchase that I would rapidly become addicted and end up riding just about every day.
During the summer I ride about 10-15 miles on weeknights and farther on weekends. In the winter my bike gets stuck on a trainer and plopped in front of the tv for indoor riding. (It's not the same, but I've got to make an effort to maintain SOME level of fitness since winters here feel about 8 months long!)
This spring I upgraded to a Trek 4500 and can't get over the difference in the weight of the bike. I've also switched over to clipless pedals, and I'm loving them. Here's a recent shot of my bike:
I'm addicted. I can't help myself. I ride in the pouring rain and come home covered in mud and soaked to the skin - and I love it.
Now if only I could find some decent (and NOT pastel-colored) women's jersey's I'd be about as happy as a clam (well, as happy as a clam would be if clams wore bike jerseys).
I've still got lots to learn, and would love to hear from others who share my passion for cycling. I'm looking forward to getting to know the rest of you.