I recently moved to the bay in CA, although still like to spend time out in HI where I was recently.
In the last few years I have been climbing to be in the kind of bike shape I was in during my teen years where a 20mi ride happened often and easily and fast pace.
I picked up an older trek road bike a few years ago and had fun on ebay building it up with newer sora components and found that I really want something with 105 or better after having ridden that and tried some better bikes.
I am now in the position where I have a beater mtn bike and soon hope to get a decent road bike. I am debating whether to get a new bike, a used one I know is good, yielding either better price or components or maybe have fun with a full bike build and start with a frame and go from there.
Excited as me and my wife just sold our car and will be using bikes as our main trans for now. We just scored her a new 54cm Felt z70.