I'm new here, and have been scouring this thick forum for the last couple days.
I'm from Edmonton, AB Canada and just started biking to work last week. Up till the End of Dec 07, I was living in Osaka, Japan for the year. While I was there, I took up the love of not relying on a car. My wife and I biked on our 'flying nun' -style bikes everywhere or sometimes took the train for farther distances. Since being back, I've been reluctant to do much outside with the cold change I've been facing. As soon as it started to warm up I've been biking to work. It's a nice 15km bike ride to work. Right now, I'm using my father-in-law's bike until I figure out what I need / want. Before going to Japan I didn't really bike all that often, so the variety and lifestyle is quite new to me. I'm right now in between getting a cyclo or mountain bike, but I'm doing more research to figure out what compromises I need to make. I've saved up some money, and want to make a good decision that will last some years.
It's great just being able to bike places whenever possible, and finding out about this forum has been great!
I have to say thanks to the members of the board already who are making the forum a great resource for newcomers like me.