I live in Portland, Oregon. I moved here a little over a year ago from Kansas to go to Portland State University. I moved with a Giant-Boulder, 21-speed. When I first moved here I didn't do any cycling because at the time I had enough money to drive or use the public transportation. However, as the school year wore on I ran out of money and needed a cheap way to get to work. So I started commuting, and I am very glad I did! Although, I wish it were under circumstances other than financial hardship. I've been commuting for a little over a month now and I love it! I feel so much better now that I'm biking often. Today in fact, I biked the whole way from home to work, 11 miles! My first time! Anyway, it's great to have found this forum where I can ask questions and learn more about the terminology, life style, training. I look forward to learning and engaging with the community!