Hey all, I'm new to Bike Forums. I've been biking for a while, but in different places. I grew up in Appleton, WI and moved to St Paul, MN for college. I'll be a senior there in the fall, but I'm currently living (and, of course, biking!) in London for the semester. I had an old Raleigh Talon hybrid for a while (I bought it in 2003 I think), and I still own it as my main commuter bike back home. Last summer I decided that because I was biking every day for pleasure and many days as a commuter, I might as well own up and buy a nice bike. I bought a Schwinn Fastback with Tiagra/105 components from an outlet store in Oshkosh.
After I moved to study in London I was hesitant to buy a bike at first, but after about a month I could stand it no longer. I bought a Ridgeback Bora hybrid for 125 GBP. It tends a little more towards mountain than road bike which I don't like, but other than that I love it. I've had not one problem with it, and I've put a couple hundred miles on it.
I just wanted to say 'Hi'; and if anyone is in London or St Paul with advice on good bike routes I'd love to hear it! I'll probably be making a few more specific mechanical/route question threads in the near future.
Glad to be here!