Just started riding last year. I'm hoping to tap into the wealth of knowledge accumulated in the forums, and perhaps even find some kindred spirits close by the Tom's River / LBI area.
I started riding on my teenage 10-speed - an Italian made Mariella, which is the subject for a whole different thread titled "What the heck is a Mariella?".
After blowing through two freewheels, one set of pedals, and shattering one front brake, I treated myself to a new Trek 1.2 for my 50th birthday. I still have the Mariella - I would like to completely overall and restore it one day.
Anyway, I'm still fairly novice - I try to do 5-6 20 mile rides a week and average above 16mph. Which can sometimes be interesting in the face of 20mph coastal "breezes".