Hi, from Chicago
Hey, folks! Just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I started riding in earnest this past spring when I decided to start riding my bike to work instead of using public transportation. I'm just having a blast even after having two bikes get stolen already! Didn't deter me in the least.
I don't do any serious long distance riding, just the short commute to work (3 mi. each way) along with some recreational riding. Even that small amount has helped me trim down to a 30" pant waist size and I feel fantastic. So far, I've been toughing it out for most of the winter, but there were a couple super windy/cold days that I decided to skip riding.
Right now I'm riding a Schwinn Ranger mtb (I know, I know . . .evil dept. store bike
) and I'm actually quite pleased with it. It's been nothing but reliable and after the recent tune-up I got for it, it rides better than brand-new. That's probably a good indication that it wasn't assembled competently at Target, but whatever.
Anyway, I look forward to learning more through reading through the forums and discussing with the fine people here!