I started up at this forum roughly ay ear ago, but I was in the service, entertaining the idea of bike commuting to base. Turns out, it was completely impractical (dangerous country roads, no shoulders, fast moving trucks from a nearby quarry).
I just got out of the service about two months ago, and I'm doing some house-hunting in Milwaukee. I transfered to UW-Milwaukee as a math/physics major, and plan on joining the herds of like-minded people that commute by bike.
Milwaukee, as of late, has become a fairly bike-friendly city. Lots of bike lanes, and reasonable safety restrictions have been enacted. I thought about joining up with a critical mass group, but I get uncomfortable when I read some of the stuff their members post on the internet. Are they all bat-**** crazy?
I don't own a bike yet, but I think I'd like to get a road bike. There are a bunch of bike shops nearby, and I don't think it'll break me to get a nice used one.