New from Osaka, but on the way to Auckland...
Greetings, everyone. Like someone else said, I've been lurking for a while and decided these forums were too good to not sign up! American by birth, I currently live in Osaka, Japan but only for about another 6 months. Then I'm off to Auckland, New Zealand to do my PhD (in applied linguistics) ... and perhaps settle???
I'm a newbie, both to cycling and this forum. Just got a shiny new specialized hardrock mountain bike that will probably mostly be for transportation until I get to NZ since I live in a very urban environment and don't have a car. However, I'm going to try to find out where some decent offroad rides are in my area (anyone?) and look forward to a more outdoor-oriented lifestyle once my wife and I make it to NZ.
Anyway, this seems like a very friendly and helpful board and I look forward to participating. The personal welcome is a really nice touch!