I've often come the the BikeForum in the past few months, as the result of various Google researching. So today I figured I ought to formally register, in case some day I have something to ask (that hasn't been asked) or contribute.
I've lived on the Oregon coast for over 30 years; (I'm in my late '50s). I started riding consistently in the late 80's/early 90's. My favorite activity was doing 80-90 mile "sight-seeing" day rides, so I trained mostly for those; I was doing probably ~5000 miles every year. Then, about 10 years ago, I had to stop for health reasons. That's been corrected, but in the meantime, I changed careers, and time is now the great obstacle. My focus now is just to get out every other day or so for a short cardio workout. I figure I'll start with that base, and see where I go from there.
My bikes are all old: My first and favorite is a ~'87 Bridgestone T500 (the frame's repainted, and every part --except the Sakae cranks and Diacompe brakes-- has been replaced); a '94 Cannondale R500 --too stiff for comfort; a '70ish Peugeot tandem --a real noodle and a gas to ride, but unfortunately in a state of disrepair; and most recently a '78 Raleigh T14 touring bike, which I acquired to use as my "city bike" in Portland.