Hi, I would have never thought I would have considered myself a Biker. I underwent Bypass surgery and was looking for a way to start exercizing. So, I dusted off the old Free Spirit and started riding. Surprisingly I ended up putting 600 miles on this bike in one year. The next year, I got a better bike, a 700c hybrid, and put 1200 miles on it. Then I made some refinements to the bike and started commuting the 5 miles to work and riding every park and path in Cleveland and put on 2500 miles. I think I'm hooked. I tend to go on the longer rides and have done 3 Centuries and 5 Metric Centuries with the Hybrid. Now, I'm looking at touring bikes and thinking about using part of my vacation next year to do some multi-day rides . Pretty crazy, huh. Hope to meet some great folks in these pages and hope I can provide my opinions when warrented.