I hated riding bikes as a kid. It was more fun to ride my horse everywhere instead. Now 35 years later, I've recently decided that the horses are just too expensive so I'm taking up a new hobby. (as if cycling gear is affordable..LOL). About 2 years ago I bought a Trek Navigator because I wanted to try out this biking thing again. Turns out I got everyone in my family riding the state trails and in the last year everyone's bought new bikes (comfort bikes). I even have a doggie ride trailer for our Boston Turbo (er..Terrier).
I've been conned into riding the MS150 with my coworkers in June. As of a month ago, I was pretty much a couch potato but i'm working hard at changing that.
I'm hoping these forums will help me to decide on the right bike to purchase (the LBS's confuse me with their varying opinions on so many different areas), how to train so I don't die on the MS150, what kind of other gear I need, and lastly, encouragement to make this a permanent hobby and not just a whim.
I live in hilly farm country (western wisconsin) on rural roads that are full "character" - not really rough, but certainly not smooth. I love a little competition, but I'm definitely not interested in racing. Still I appreciate quality stuff.
So anyway..that's a little about me and why I'm here.