My name is Charles, I am 48 years old and am 2 weeks into my rebirth as a rider. When my 2 children were young and we lived in West Texas (1986) I rode 40 miles a day after work. Somewhere along the way I stopped. Now I am a Clydesdale, I began consideration of riding again due largely to 3+ dollar gas prices. I have only a 3 mile commute and seems perfect to start again. I have now made 2 weeks daily riding to work, plus extra miles after work. Goals? Save the expense of commuting using a gas guzzling pickup, improve my health, lose weight, live longer for my 5 grandchildren. Goals will be added as I go along. I live in Houston TX, not the most bike friendly town, but the extra miles after work are easy to do using a bike path along Braes Bayoo in Houston. I did 20 miles this morning and since starting 2 weeks ago can already feel a difference in normal energy levels and levels while riding. Thanks for having this forum and allowing me to join.