Hello, I'm new to these forums. I love bikes and ride a Trek Antelope 820 which I bought new 17 years ago. 17 years ago we were in process to adopt our first child and I had to meet a weight requirement to adopt so I chose bicycling as my exercise since at the time I had heel spurs and plantar warts and walking wasn't so comfortable. (My feet are fine now and I walk a lot more than I bike). I lost the weight and we have adopted two children, both teenagers now (the oldest is 17).
I had quit riding for a few years because we live on a farm on a dirt/gravel road 8 miles from the nearest pavement and I couldn't ride my skinny tired 10 speed. What a wonderful invention the mountain bikes were for people who don't have pavement to ride on. Though I wish mine was more comfortable. When the roads get really rough from the big grain trucks or when the tractors work right over the field roads my teeth shake when I ride my bike and my hands go to sleep.
When we went to Korea to get our children I was amazed to see the freight bikes in use in Seoul. I had never seen such a thing. Some of them must have had hundreds of pounds of bulky stuff carried on them. Bikes are truly amazing.
As I said on the general forum, with gas prices so high, I wish I could ride my bike to town but we are 35 miles from town, 8 miles of gravel plus 27 miles of secondary paved highway with no shoulder. Not exactly a fun or safe commute.