In 2005 I started a new job and that same week I bought my road bike. I never knew how much of a passion it would become so quickly. Why doesn't everyone ride a bike? It's a great stress reliever and now the center of my social life. Three years ago I met the love of my life on a training ride for a 2 day charity ride. We ride together several times a week and do group rides with the local bike club and with friends. Last year we went to England for a bike tour of the Yorkshire Dales for my big "50".
I was very lucky that the first real bike I bought was one that I've loved and grown with (fuji team sl), but unfortunately I have to buy some new wheels. That's why I signed up for the bike forum today and I've already gotten some great information.
Also, much of what I've learned about biking has been from experienced cyclists that were willing to share their knowledge. Maybe I can help a few newbies along the way via this forum.
We really had a great time. We used a company called Sherpa and they come through with everything they promised. Great B&Bs and our luggage was always in our room when we got to our destination each night. We did get lost every day, but that was part of the fun. We were glad we were in an English speaking country because the map provided by the tour was pretty bad. "at the brow of the hill take the fork to the left by the pub". No name on the streets or the name of the pub to make sure you were at the right land marks. We got to see lots of castles, quaint countrysides, sheep and pubs.
The only thing I would do differently would be to take a day off in the middle of the trip. I wanted one day to take in the town without being concerned about the route, getting lost, etc. We took some extra time at the end to see some of London...
I also felt like I was cheating on my bike by using a rental.. funny the things you think of when you are out in the "moors".