I, like many in our society drove a car for years. Then in 2001, the clutch went out and I decided to walk for awhile, and when close friends suggested that I should try riding a bike, a basically gave them a "humpf", and blew them off, convince that I didn't belong on one of "those". Well, since the Katrina incident, and my brother calling me in August of 2005 to tell me of the $51.00 he paid for 15 gallons of gas, I decided to rethink my attitude.
Long story short, I have five bikes today, and in the last five years have ridden about 4000 miles, mostly trail and commuter ridding. My commuting bikes are a red Nishiki Olympic 12 that I converted to a 16speed, replaced the old Dia-Compe brakes with Tektro Quartz, a new wheel set( originally a Alex R390 clincher on both front and back till the back wheel warped inside of six months. Now have a Mavic open pro laced to a Shimano 105 from the 5500 series), seat, and drive train. I recently added planet bike fenders, a sealed bottom bracket, have kept the front derailer and Sugino double crank, have a Shimano sora 8 speed derailer on the rear. My second commuter is a green Nishiki Royal that has a carbon steel frame, yellow Weinmann DP18 rims, yellow fenders and bar tape, Tektro Quartz brakes, formula hub with black spokes on the front wheel, and and Ultegra hub on the rear wheel laced up with black spokes as well. The third main ride is a 2001 Specialized Sirrus comp. It is clear coat blue and originally came with Ritchey hubs, but at 1200 miles the rear hub wore out(I bought it in 2006 so I don't know how many miles were on it before I bought it) so I had both wheels rebuilt with Shimano 105's from the 5600 series. I also flipped a old univega with dura ace and ultegra parts, but I've said enough now.