hey! thanks for the response!
I have already read a bunch of Koffee's posts, and thank you very much, they are very interesting.
I have been a pretty faithful mountain biker here in Marin (actually it is a pre-requisite for living in Marin, you have to mountain bike) and doing a lot of motorcycle riding.
I just got my Ducati 748 track-prepped, all carbon and kevlar, forged magnesium wheels, yadda, yadda, yadda, and I had a slight altercation with a deer up here in the hills.
It was actually a pretty low speed accident, but I ruptured my spleen, collected about 4 pints of blood in my stomach, and just barely made it to the emergency room in time to do any good.
Well, needless to say, the wife was a little displeased, especially since we have an insanely hyperactive two year old.
Upshot is, 30 years of riding/racing motorcycles is over, and I am left with a big hole in my life which really needs two wheels and the sensation of speed to overcome.
Voila! Return to roadbiking. Haven't done it since I was a kid and I was riding a Nishiki (are they still around? has anybody even heard of them?)
Picked up a gorgeous Trek 5500 frame from a guy who made a slight sizing mistake and now am starting to put together the components to get it out on the road.
I know it's a lot more bike than an aging poser really needs, but God is it Pretty and Light and Carbon FIber! And I'm really partial to carbon fiber. And I really just don't give a ---- other people think. I like it.
So thanks for asking! and I will happily participate if I can add anything of value.
Oh! and I am happy to see a Buckaroo fan up there, I used to use the name John Bigboute on an old biking board. Loved that movie...