I joined so I could read the forums, mostly about components. I'm an overweight forty-something science teacher, just got my first road bike, and I have been beating around on an old mtb 'warhorse' for about 10 years, just with friends, nothing fancy. I've been spending more time on the pedals the past 2 years, trying to get back in shape. We have lots of trails here in N Maine for mt bikes, and lots of hilly roads with hardly any traffic for the roadies. We have bike camps with biathlon people and pt people, just did a 3 day charity ride, pretty fun.