Hi from SoCal
I've been reading off and on, and decided it was time to join up and get in on some of the fun.
I live in San Marcos, CA in northern San Diego county. I started riding semi-seriously the beginning of this year, and replaced my 15 yr old Wal-Mart bike in February with a Scattante Hybrid from Performance. It has worked well so far, now I'm starting to look at road bikes. I changed the tires to Gatorskins, 25 width, and have replaced the rear wheel, and the bike runs good for me.
Riding is lots of fun, I try and get out 3-5 times per week. I have lost about 15 lbs so far, which isn't a lot but I'm headed in the right direction.