Hi. My name is, Monica. I live in deep South Texas. I have been recreational mountain/trail riding over the last 14 years( Love the Colorado Mountains). I took up road biking this past year and I LOVE it. I purchased my first road bike in October of 2009. It is a BMC Team Machine SLT01 with Sram Force shifters and derailleurs, FSA Force Light brakes, FSA Force Light cranks, FSA carbon handlebars and Easton 90 seatpost. Weight loss was my first motivation(lost 25+ pounds), but after logging over 1000 miles it has become a passion. I have joined the forum so that I can learn as much as possible from some of you veteran bikers.I look forward to reading the posts and "meeting' some new friends.