I am about two months into biking to work and really loving it.
I used to run, play basketball and other activities, but my knees started to go bad on me. I struggled to find something to stave off the weight gain and satisfy my urge to gasp for air.
Then a friend gave me his Gary Fisher mountain bike. Now I find myself visiting bike shops on a weekly basis and obessing over what kind of gear I need, don't need, or would be cool to have. I don't have time to ride recreationally, but I often come up with excuses to run errands that are a good distance away.
My Gary Fisher works well, but I get a little speed envy as all the road bikes zoom past me. My next bike will probably be a hybrid. Right now I'm trying to figure out if I should get new tires that might be more commute-friendly (and faster.) and bring back the treads when the weather gets Chicago-y.
I'm looking forward to the Chicago weather we all know and dread. One, it will clear the road of a lot of obstacles. Two, I want to see how I handle that challenge.
After a month or so of constantly surfing this site, I decided it was finally time to join.