I just started commuting in the Pacific northwest this last summer. I ride about 9-10 miles one way.
I was a competive street rider about 30 years ago and spent the last 25 years on other life pursuits.
Biking has felt sooooo good to get back into. Very painful at first since I thought I was still 22 years old! Now its coming back and starting to work. I've stopped in to this forum a few times and I think I'll probably hang out in the commuter section more than others. I work in alternative health, am quite into music and family.
Have a good ride!