I'm from the northern suburbs of Boston. 46 yo, making my second adult foray "back into biking". The last one started in 1997 with a Trek 6000 and visions of riding the many trails near my home. But the bike was uncomfortable, killed my back and arms and butt. Despite a series of upgrades to it over few years, I never really made friends with the bike, and it sat in my garage for years.
Fast forward to this spring and a desire to drop below Clyde status, and I'm thinking maybe riding on a more road friendly bike would be a better route. So after much internet research and deliberation, much test riding, and a shop that listened, I've been riding a Jamis Coda Sport for the last 4 weeks. Yes, actually riding, not looking at it thinking what can I do to make it comfortable. Looking forward to riding when I get home from work, and thinking about how to better fit a ride into my daily schedule!
I benefitted from the knowledge on this forum while doing my research, and the Clyde forum has been pretty inspirational to me. I've got 35 pounds to lose for starters, but I now believe I have the means to do it. Rode 10 miles today with the family and I could have done 15 easily.
So thanks to everyone who helped me get started, and I look forward to the future.