I would like to introduce myself. I'm in my mid-30s. I started biking in San Diego about 2.5 years ago, but it was purely for exercise and only once a week. I got a Trek 7.3 hybrid and I thought it was perfect for riding around hilly SD.
7 months ago, my wife and I moved to San Francisco and we were amazed how bikes are very popular here. Some bikes are really eye candy and simple yet artistic. It must be a bike subculture. The city is just beautiful to ride around. We started doing Sunday streets (blocks of neighborhoods are shut down for cyclists once a month), joined Critical Mass and Friday Night Skates (ride along rollerbladders/skaters), going to Golden Gate Park, and exploring the entire Bay Area using our bikes and the trains. I got really hooked and one day our hybrids were stolen. This was my chance to get into single speed gear and I got another Trek, but this time is Soho S. I started becoming obsessive and doing groceries and running errands with it. But I am not satisfied with the way it looks, although is very comfortable to ride on.
Now I want those beautiful fixed gears bikes I see on the streets.
My dream is one day to ride from San Francisco to Portland along the coast during the summer.
Thanks for reading.