Another newbie from Maryland
Bought my first new bike at the end of June and have been riding since.
Last bike I got (which I still own and which has gathered dust for some 20 years) was a Panasonic road bike, a hand-me-down from my older brother.
I know next to nothing about biking; I have a good cyber-buddy who's been great about answering my questions, so I have tools (don't know how to use 'em, but I got 'em!), water, and suggestions for training for longer rides. Am a couch potato who hopes to reform somewhat, and have a vague idea that I'd like maybe possibly to do AIDSRide (384 miles in 4 days) when I am 50 (in four years). Lost my younger brother to AIDS, so that's the motivation. (Don't know if this is even possible for me, such a ride, but will aim to find out.)
So far, I like bike riding! I don't like the sore tailbone, though...
I ride trails for now. In college a few times, I commuted to school by bike, in both suburban Maryland and in NYC. (Down Fifth Avenue during rush hour on a bike.... once was plenty!)
Hope to give my son a sport or two he can carry with him through life. Don't much care what it is, but hope to expose him to enough for him to find one he likes. He learned how to ride in June. So far, so good....