Let me first of all say I'm really impressed with BF. There is an incredible amount of diversity in this forum, and it seems a lot more down to earth than others I've spent time on. The owners of this site have obviously built a wonderful community.
I'll be turning 30 this year, and have been off of bikes for 12+ years. When I was in high school in the early 90's I was obsessed with mountain biking, worked as a wrench in a bike shop (started at minimum wage and worked my way up!) and got into cross country racing. Even did a few NORBA Sport class races.
Then I went to college in Boston, was afraid to bring my Trek 8700 carbon bike into the city in case it got stolen, was slammed by my engineering courseload, and eventually sold my bike to a friend. I assumed that I had simply closed a chapter in my life.
I wasn't active nearly as much after that, hitting the gym a couple days per week if I felt like it, etc. Twelve or so years later I find myself with another 50 pounds that I've had some success attacking with diets and focused gym sessions, but it's been a yo-yo trip that hasn't been too satisfying.
I'm not sure what it was, but this spring I started craving going on bike rides again, and generally just doing things outdoors such as hikes. I live on the top floor of an apartment complex, and dragging a filthy mountain bike up and down flights of stairs and cleaning it in the bathtub didn't really appeal to me. So I've decided to try road riding. I borrowed a friend's bike for a couple of weeks and was hooked.
About three weeks ago, I took the plunge and bought a 2007 Specialized Allez Triple and the corresponding gear (of course). Fortunately I saved my SPDs, riding shoes, HRM, and a whole bunch of tools that I've had lying around for years.
I'm back on the bike and loving it! I've put just over 200 miles on the bike already, and have set a goal to ride my first century by the end of this season. I also plan to commute to work by bike this coming Thursday for the first time (~ 12 mi. each way on back roads).
I feel like I'm getting back to my roots (although on skinny tires this time), and it just feels great.
Thanks for taking some time to read about my enthusiastic return to cycling!
Seacoast NH Area