Last spring I decided to start riding again. I had not ridden since I was a kid. I purchased a Specialized Hardrock and put quite a few miles on it during rides with family and friends. I have decided that I want to ride in the Seattle to Portland ride next year, so I'm going to be working on getting in shape for it this year. I have been researching road bikes and that is how I found this web site. Looks like lots of good information on here. I look forward to learning a lot and getting into shape for the STP.