So this is where I introduce myself, eh?
~I live in LA.
~I started cycling again about 6 months ago, to help me keep in shape for my main over-30 fitness pursuit - hiking. I find throwing some peddling into the mix is less hard on my bad feet then just constant walking. But now, as predicted by all my biking friends, I've fallen in love, and I can't escape. I just want to see more, do more and improve on the bike. And that's what I like most about it - at least so far, the improvement has been happening pretty quickly. I guess that's because I had so far to come.
~I stopped riding for a few years after a scary over-the-handlebars incident, complete with cars skidding around to avoid running me over. Wasn't hurt too bad, but sure was shaken up!
~Right now, I am ridding a Fuji hybrid. A Crosstown or something like that, about 4 years old. But I am looking for a road bike. I bought a 62c Cannondale RS700 frame on Craigslist, and now I am looking for parts. I'm 6'4", so finding something that fit was tough. I might just hold out and get something complete. But money is tight, so I have to figure out a way to get this done on a budget. I'm not a real gear head, and I don't need anything fancy. Just want something light and comfortable enough to get me up the hills, and not so flashy that it's going to get stolen instantly when I leave it at a trailhead to take a walk.
~My regular rides are up Runyon Canyon to Mulholland, or up Curson till it ends (from near Melrose and Fairfax). Looking to increase my distance and climbing ability.
That's about it I guess. Glad to be here. As I've roamed around researching my bike purchase options, I've been really impressed by the level of expertise and courtesy displayed here.