Hi Eagle Rides,
Good to have you here. I'm pretty much a newbie myself and also from Ohio, in Youngstown. I've had nothing to contribute yet, but have learned a lot here. As you can tell, there's many knowledgable folks willing to help out.
Back in the 70's I worked in a bike shop but have been away from it since then, so I've got a lot of catching up to do, which this group has greatly helped with.
This is probably one of the most informative forums going, in my humble opinion. Everyone here is pretty friendly and you can find all kinds of advice. The only other forumthat is worth subscribing to is BROL, but this caters strictly to recumbents. Several BF posters also post on BROL as well. These fall Ohio days are awesome, what will the leaves turning and everything!