Having not ridden for many years I decided to get a commuter bike as my LBS had some for not much more than a bus pass for the Spring semester would have cost. I've only been riding a couple of months.
I bought a Norco Olympia hybrid as it was on sale and relatively inexpensive, so far it's been pretty good, but I've been hitting the country roads around here for fun, really enjoying it and venturing further afield - and I'm thinking about getting a road bike for leisure riding. Maybe I'll post a thread about that later and get some advice. Point being, this started out as a money-saving thing and is rapidly becoming a money-wasting thing. I guess that's how it works?