About 5 years ago I bought a beach cruiser from WalMart with the intention of riding my bike to work/the store/for fun. That lasted about a week. After that it lived in my garage for 5 years.
A little over a month ago I got it in my head to do the Pasadena Sprint Tri. All I had was my musty old beach cruiser, so I signed my brother up and made him ride that, while I did the tri on his mountain bike. Neither of us did well, especially in the biking section, I can't imagine why.
Anyway, I signed up for another tri, in May. This meant I needed a bike, since my brother was not giving up his mountain bike again. So, I bought a hybrid at Target (clearly, I shop at quality bike shops), and started riding it to work as practice.
So, here I am.