Not new to biking, but coming back to it after an absence of several years. Several factors conspired to keep me off the bike for so long. Both of my bikes were stolen within a couple of months of each other. An '01 Bianchi Daytona that was stolen from my home and shortly thereafter, my '03 Kona CC was stolen while it was locked up in front of the store I was in. I was pretty bummed over that. Not too long after, I accepted a position that required a 120 mile daily commute and crazy hours, then my daughter was born. As one can imagine, when I wasn't busy with working, driving, or a new child, I was sleeping
I finally looked at how out of shape and lazy I've become and said "enough" and paid a visit to my LBS. I liked my last Kona so much that I saw no reason to stray so I left with an '09 CC. To cover the road side of things, I picked up a gently used K2 Mach 3.0 locally for a song that the last owner apparently never rode because this thing looks showroom new. I wanted to get the rest of the family involved too so I also got a nice little trailer for my daughter and, for my wife, who was diagnosed with MS a few years ago and is already suffering the effects, a Sun trike. Balancing on two wheels is out of the question for her but she's enjoying the trike and is able to go for easy rides with me. I really wanted to get her a recumbent trike but got some major sticker shock when I was checking out what the offerings were in that category.
Despite being off the bike for so long, I'm pretty amazed at how quickly my form has started coming back. Oh sure, the first couple of weeks sucked with a sore butt and huffing and puffing my way up the hills but I'm riding at least 20 miles a day now, with a 40-50 mile ride on the weekends and feeling better than I've felt in a long time. I also now work much closer to home which makes bike commuting a reality and my now 18 month old daughter loves going for rides in the trailer (and it's good training towing her up the hills ) That and the fact that I live in what I believe to be one of the best areas for cycling in the country doesn't hurt either.