Hello everyone. I've just joined the Bike Forum list, and KB asked that I provide a little background info. Well, I'm a 53-year-old geezer in the Portland OR area. Used to do a lot of biking in my younger days, but pretty much gave it up after totaling 3 bikes in five different traffic accidents in the San Jose area. [Just for the record, I ride carefully -- stop at signs, wear helmet and lights, ... ]
Anyway, I started up again about a year ago, mostly riding to work. It's a 36-mile round trip which I do 3-4 times a week when the weather's good, though I've promised my wife I won't ride in the rain AND the dark. I did ride a local century back in May -- first time in over 30 years.
I ride a Trek 520, which serves me well, since I weigh about 215 and carry another 20lbs of gear back & forth.
I've already posted a mechanical query and gotten back some quick, helpful replies.
American legs -- not foreign oil!