Hello from London, UK
I've been enjoying these forums for awhile now and so thought it was about time to make it official.
I commute by bike almost everyday and try to do as much off-road on the weekend as I can.
I started cycling again 3 years ago when I moved to London, purely as a cost-effective commuting alternative to public transport. I slowly but surely got addicted to cycling and now I love it so much that I just can't get enough. The only things that stop me from cycling all day every day are work and the awful London weather.
I started off with a super el cheapo hybrid commuter. When I realised that cycling was meant much more than getting from point A to point B, I upgraded to a Trek 6045 (internal hub gear). I used that for well over 2 years and a month ago upgraded to Rockhopper as I started to really enjoy offroad cycling.
Err... that's about it.