I live in Roanoke, VA and picked up a bicycle after 17 years since last one. I was taking my kids to local park and allowing them to ride for a few hours, and this was boring for me. I purchased inexpensive road bike 21 spd, and joined them for the rides. I forgot how much fun it was to ride and enjoy being outside. I've outfitted my bike with speedometer, lights, pump, patch kit, and pannier and will hopefully commute to work 8 miles away one day.
I'm 32 and have remained in good shape from working out so I didn't experience leg fatique when riding several miles the other day. There aren't alot of bike lanes in the city, so if I decide to commute I'd have to hit the main roads.
I have enjoyed reading the threads and have been lurking for awhile. Are there any good sites for bike routes beside google maps?