A little bio,
48yo M. Started riding as an undergraduate at the University of the Florida in the late 70's, early 80's, completing the Cross Florida ride in 1980. Spent my 20's going to school and my 30's raising kids and starting a couple of businesses. Now, in my 40's I have more time (and money) to do things I like.
Last year, I started getting serious about fitness and started seeing a personal trainer and resumed biking after my weight hit 220. In November, I had an angioplasty and stent implant, from which I have recovered (but take a handful of meds daily) and started riding and working hard in January. I am down to 208 (with an ideal, i.e., six-pack weight goal of 185) and have increased my average speed to 19mph, the highest it has been since I was racing in my teens.
I enjoy exercising, cycling, boating, and spending quality time with my three teenage kids and wife of 27 years, but other than one son mountain biking with me weekly, the others are not into cycling so I have other friends/acquaintances for that.
My regular ride is a 1989 Klein Quantum with Campy Chorus components including downtube shifters that I bought new, a Falcon Race with Reynolds 531 and Shimano 105 that I picked up at a thrift store for $40 that I use if it's wet outside, three 70's era Schwinn Paramount, one of which I ride a couple of times / month on my weekly rides for retro days, a K2 mountain bike, and a collection of Schwinn Stingrays from the 70's, two of which I ride around the block.