Just joined the forums but I've been reading them for a couple of weeks. I'm a long-time cyclist - I've been riding seriously for about 10 years. My main sport is rowing and when I'm training hard I only cycle to commute. That racks up the miles though - all on my trusted mountain bike.
I built that bike myself using components chosen from magazines and that I bought on the sly from work - it used to be sweet until some **** stole my brakes and all the bolts from my headset + stem (twice with the bolts). Now it's not quite so sweet but I still love it.