Greetings all, I hail from the steep, rocky shores of Lake Meredith in the Texas Panhandle. We are 45 miles north of Amarillo. I just got back into serious riding this year after about a 10 year hiatus due to other interests but mostly because of disabling back pain that has been corrected with surgery. I started this year on my old Trek 730 hybrid and have now acquired a used Felt F80 in order to keep up with one of my best friends who is on a Specialized road bike. I really like the Felt but still try to use the Trek for those days when it is just too windy to enjoy a long ride on the hiways (like today with 30mph SSW wind). The Trek is great for around town while staying out of the wind, but the Felt gets the call on days when the wind is below 20mph. My road rides consist mainly of lots of hills being here near the lake. Once out of the city limits, we have nothin' but hills. It's great training for those days when I go to my friends' house 35 miles away to get a taste of his flat-landers rides. So far this year I have logged 88 miles on the Trek and 417 on the Felt and lost 16 pounds in the process. Goal is to log at least 1200 by end of the season and drop another 30 pounds or so.
Wish me luck!!