I am a newcomer to this forum, although I have been lurking for a couple of months mostly on the Athena and over 50's forums. I am female, been riding about three years and well "over the hill" at 72! The bike is a Rocky Mountain hybrid, and most of my riding is on roads, with the odd rail trail at times. Along with a good friend I am working towards my metric century. Almost got there last fall, but spent this spring working the kinks out of my knee replacement over the winter. I will make it this spring all being well, although most of my winter riding will be on the trainer when we get icy conditions typical of this part of the world. Biking really helps me with my exercise program and weight reduction and also makes me feel better about using an environmentally friendly form of transport. My other outdoor activity is kayaking. I really like the encouragement you give newbies in the Clydesdale/Athena forums.