Hello and I would like to thank the academy for bestowing upon me the title of Newbie.
I live in central New Jersey and commute daily, 14 miles each way. On the iffy days I ride a hard-tail Cannondale mountian bike with a rack and panniers and on the good days (mostly the summer) I ride a 2007 CAAD9. My hour commute is my most peaceful time of day as I have two young kids at home and a boss at work.
It's good to see so many others enjoying their two wheel time.