Greetings from Ed, 46, from cold snowy Toronto, not that I need to perpetuate any more myths about Canada. Graduated from touring hybrid to road bike late last year and try to get in about 3500 km....oops, I mean about 2000 miles a year. The rural roads outside the city are ideal for long distance rides, and though there are some great recreational bike paths in Toronto, they tend to be over-crowded and narrow. Was down in the Tampa area this past December with my wife and was blown away by the great rail-trails and paved paths, so hope to find more of these in the Southern USA as I intend to visit once or twice every winter. Look forward to great feedback (and humour...I mean humor) from the forum. Now I have to go out and shovel the walk.