When I was growing up I fixed up my dad's bike, a 1980 something Peugeot. I would ride on the week ends down the Arizona Canal.
I am now in my late 20's and after discovering the Velodrome in Redmond, Washington I decided to start riding. I was facinated by the Friday night races and set out to buy a bike.
After months of looking and saving (and my wife's bonus) I purchased a 08 Trek 1.2.
My first few rides were about 10 miles and then grew into 20. After a month of riding I was enjoying 50 mile rides to Seattle and back. I am by no means breaking any records now, but I hope to get in shape and take some lessons at the Velodrome.