Hello. I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (a little over an hour north of North Dakota). I started riding periodically 11 years ago on a 1997 Diamondback Outlook MTB, which just died last summer. I gradually rode more and more often until I became a daily commuter a few years ago. I ride when the streets are free of ice, which here is usually late March til early November. My commute is about 8 km (5 miles) each way, taking about 20 minutes (15 by car). The biggest hill is about two feet - a railway crossing. My current ride is a 2005 Marin San Rafael hybrid, which is mostly stock; the only added items are fenders, lights, a gel seat pad, and SPD pedals. I'm a 35 year old male, working as a library technician for a local university. You may not see me posting a lot, but I'll be lurking and reading.