Glad to have come across this site, lots of pleasure reading everyone's experience. I Live in North London, Started cycling, again, 2 years ago, loved it so much I now cycle to my work & back, round trip 15 miles. Not only do I get to work & back quicker but also in a charged up frame of mind. Every Friday, regardless of the weather, about 4-5 of us cycle to the sticks where we Drink & eat the exotic foods prepared through the night. Normally we cycle back at dawn, though on a few times we returned around Lunchtime.
Thanks to inspiration drawn from Bike Forum, I plan to ride from Venice to Naples & then back to Rome. City of my Mother.
Will keep you posted, though I have already fallen at the first hurdle, my passport is out of date.