Compared to almost everyone on this forum, I am in the boonies when it comes to access to specialty bikes. I'm located in eastern North Dakota, where we only have decent riding weather for 3 or 4 months of the year. I currently have a rather aggravating bike: Trek Navigator 200, but aside from the Navigator my only other bike was a Schwinn 10-speed I bought for $50 brand new in 1988 (which I still have in storage) when I was 11 years old.
I'm currently in the process of trying to lose a lot of weight, and have become active in Taekwondo, Kumdo (swordfighting), and kettlebells. Since beginning these things last November, I've already lost a touch over 65 pounds, but I'm seeing a slow down in weight loss (hovering at that 300 pound mark). I decided I could do two things at the same time by biking: save gas money and lose weight. This brings me to the BikeForums.
I don't have thousands of dollars to sink into specialized bikes, high-end gadgets, or the ultra-light carbon frames. I scrape by each month with enough to save for my daughter's college fund, but I also need something better than a Navigator to commute to work, get a workout, and do the occasional leisurely ride with my daughter.
I hope to learn as much as I can here, and use that knowledge to improve my health, decrease my gas bill, and maybe even pick up another athletic addiction.