Hi...!!! I'm so thankful for this Bike Forum as I am a newbie.
Growing up in Asia in the 70s, I couldn't afford a bike.
I bought a CCM 10-speed (Canadian Tire) in college and rode it when the Newfoundland weather was nice.
20 years after college, Lance Armstrong inspired me to purchase my first serious bike,
a Trek 2000 roadie, but I never got to ride it much. I had a young family to raise and I was the family's cab driver - the school run, dropping off my wife daily.
September 2010 is 6 years since the Trek roadie. Dusted it off and decided to put some kilometers on it.
Sept 9, I purchased a 2008 Giant Tran Send EX with the Alfine internal 8-sp hub. I've been riding it most of the weekdays ever since. I also bought a "beater MTN bike" from the local classified ads - an old Trek 820 which I hope to ride when the weather hits below freezing and the roads get messy. Everything in it works. Bought it for $30 and added a set of Bike Planet fenders for $29...it's hilarious!
We're having summer like daytime temperatures so the TranSend EX gets the 30Km round-trip commute to the office&back.
I'm giving myself until 15 below zero Celsius (I'll put the Farenheit conversion later?) to keep on riding and see if my half-a-century old body can thrive over the bitterly cold winter days in Edmonton, Alberta (north of Montana).
That explains this intro-thread's title and the user-id that I had chosen.