New to the forum.
Once upon a time, 20 years ago or so, I rode a department store bike all over SE Massachusetts and then Denver and the nearby foothills until it fell apart. Upon my return to PA I picked up a '91 Schwinn Voyager, but also a car, and the Schwinn was never ridden as much as I would have liked, because the car was faster, and I had discovered girls.
Worked in a bike shop for a while as a mechanic, mid-'90s. Bought a '96 Fisher Aquila, a rigid-fork steel mountain bike. Bought it for the frame, figuring I'd upgrade it, which I never did. Then the girl situation got out of control, and both bikes acquired dust and a thriving spider population.
Now, at age 40 and kinda overweight and very out of shape, I've ditched the car, paid less attention to the girls and dusted off the bikes. (The spiders all found new homes.)
I'm commuting (about a nine mile round trip, fairly short but with one big inbound hill) and making increasingly long day trips on my days off, on the Fisher. (Road slicks, cheapo plastic fenders, an old Rhode Gear back rack, and a new big-ass Arkel handlebar bag are the only mods I've given it.)
I've stripped the Schwinn down to the bare frame and am rebuilding her.
By the time the Schwinn is ready, I should be in good enough shape for some tours. That's the plan.
About six weeks into bike only travel. I'm losing weight, gaining endurance and muscle, and all goes well.
That's my story.