I am JT from Brick NJ. I lived to ride bicycles when I was a teenager and into my very early 20's. I had BMX bikes and a 12 speed with a rack on the back to haul skateboards. My father had a very nice upscale Puch road bike that was the nicest bike I or my friends have ever seen. I also used to work for the LBS in Hazlet on rt 35 (now I think its a T-Moble store). After I got my license, I got into cars and motorcycles and soon after a bicycle was only something I might use at a swap meet to get around or maybe even go down the boardwalk once a year. I would still use my BMX for dirt riding and ramps but that didn't last long and by the time I was 20, my bikes started to collect dust. Obviously not much of a cyclist anymore.
Step ahead about 12 years - I started to watch the Tour de France on a regular basis about 6 years ago. Everytime I would watch the end of a stage I would then get on my Magna mountain bike (from Target) and start to ride again. I used to live in Middletown NJ and the Henry Hudson Trail was a mile from my home. I would ride the one mile to the trail and then 3 down the trail and back home. Not a long distance to most cyclists but being 50-60lbs overweight now that seemed like a start.
I got to the point where I can ride 16 miles a day. It was a great trail. I also moved but was with in 1/2 mile of the trail head in Aberdeen NJ so I could ride. I just didn't go often, maybe once a month if that. I won a BMW Cruise bicycle at a BMW car rally my wife and I did and that sparked a new interest in riding so she got the Magna and I rode the BMW bike. The both of us started to ride the trail but again, not often enough.
So to bore you all even more I will shorten this up. I moved down the shore. I have no local trails so I have to use the streets. After watching the TdF this year, it has piqued my interest in riding as I haven't used the bikes in 2 years. I sent the BMW out to the LBS to get a tune up and bought a new Bike Computer. My wife and I have started to ride and I really found this renewed interest in the sport that I haven't felt since I was in my teens.
I now found this Forum and joined in hopes that it will keep me interested and riding. I still need to lose those extra lbs. So thats my long story in short nutshell.
Since I know many of you are going to say "I didn't know BMW made bicycles" here is a picture of it.