Greetings, Bike Forums massive!
Primitive Don here, writing from Logan Square in Chicago. Been lurking here for a few days, and I must say I'm astounded by what I've read. Been checking out the forums on Commuting, Road Cycling, and Fixed Gear/Single Speed; really enjoy absorbing the culture and lingo.
After much encouragement from co-workers, my wife and I signed up for the MS150 ride this year. I got an old Schwinn Le Tour off Craigslist, and found a really clean Schwinn World for my wife, and we dove in. We did a 33 mile ride to get our toes wet, then did 75 miles the first day of the MS150 through 6 and a half hours of constant pouring rain - a great introduction to cycling! Made our sunny 35 miles the next day seem like a breeze.
Have enjoyed the Lakefront path along Lake Michigan and the amazing North Branch trail up the Botanical Gardens. Lately I've been starting to commute to work in the Loop, 7 miles each way, getting to know the bike routes and watching more experienced cyclists navigate red lights and crowded intersections. Really enjoying the exhilaration of a morning bike ride and transportation-as-exercise. Also realizing how little I know about bikes and getting to know the folks at my LBS.
Drooling now, so must close.
Hope to see ya round!