Found this place on Google last night looking for reviews on pedals, probably Look since that is what I use to ride. Like my username says, I consider this my "third time" being into bikes. Hell, I don't even have my new bike yet which is a *gasp* Motobecane Record sooooo, I am a shill! LOL. Read that long thread on bikesdirect. Interesting what some think.
1st time biker back in 1970 coming from a Schwinn Continental to some obscure Japanese chrome moly bike with what was new at the time Shimano after they decided to make good stuff rather than cheap junk on Western Auto cheap bikes. Was an early adopter of Dura Ace when Campy was the bomb. Still have my junior competition license from the then sanctioning body Amatuer Bicycling League of America (ABLA). Got into skateboarding and wandered away from bikes (was a bike mechanic and managed a shop too)
2nd time biker from about 1984 to 1993. Some guy was looking to sell his Puegot and while in college for a law degree I was a personal trainer at a Y. I test rode it and almost puked a lung when he took me up a brutal grade....and I was hooked. Ended up with a Cannondale w/ Shimano, sew ups, Looks, etc. Rode with a local team, bust the 20mph club after about 2 years. Did Mt. Mitchell (in the unrestricted entrant days), Bridge to Bridge and other centuries. Did road racing. Got into this new mountain biking "thing" as a winter training tool and ended up pretty much staying in the dirt after a while. Before I knew was the president of the local club building trails and ended up as their race director putting on 500+ rider races. Started a new firm got too busy and wandered away.
Fast forward. 3rd time around. I am oooops at the 50 mark, just got divorced after being fat and miserable for years. Gained 10lbs for every year I was married and have (without a bike even) lost three and a half years of that fat in four months. Want to get back to exercise to lose 70 freakin lbs. but do not want to get back to scrapping weight 160lbs at 6 feet back in the day. More like 180lb. will do fine. I see myself as a sub 20mph, way more social, ride for exercise and fun, metric century kind of person. Have already done the slave to the pace arrow, train like it was a second job thing. Got a BD MB Record as my first dip into the waters. If this bike thing "sticks" for a year then I will go get me some CF Ultegra/Dura Ace bike. I can see a mountain bike in my future too but the road is best to getting back into shape (with a HR monitor). I said too much but that is me. Now a "old fart".