Hello everyone - I'm Jim, and presume I am about your typical 50-ish rider. At least I am certainly not in the elite category, but I am not a beginner eiother. I have ridden for the past 25 years, and during the last dozen or so of those, have done longer and longer road rides, and some fun trail and mountain riding. I am proud to have completed my 4th Houston to Austin MS ride two weeks ago, which covers about 180 miles over 2 days.
My ability to go fast (by my standards, ya know - never really fast) is falling, but my enjoyment is not.
Right now I have two steel-frame cycles. Most often ridden is an older ('96) LeMond Zurich which I bought new and just can't give up. It is beautiful, and comfortable, and only slightly heavy by current standards. And then there's a Marin Pine Mtn trail bike, 2004/5 model, also bought new, and also babied.
I am lucky my house is really close to a bike path that runs along a bayou for the most part, and I can use it to do 30 to 40 mile, out-and-back rides without driving my car, and without any traffic crossings. Also, there are always many group rides and assorted organized charity type rides all around the Houston area.
I look forward to the conversations here. I am thinkiing it's time to add a modern, light weight road bike, so I am interested to see opinions and advice. Probing around the interenet for bike opinions is what lead me here.
Best to ya'll !