I grew up riding bikes and was mostly a "dirt girl" because I spent my summers in Canada in the woods and the rest of the year on Long Island riding the roads. Always preferred the dirt until 3 yrs ago.
I took up mtn biking, own a Kona Cindercone (the last of the cromo framed models) and my 30 something body was thankful for the front shock. Accidently discovered road riding and I love it. Recently brought a Raleigh R600 and put on a carbon fork. I am happy to discover that there are better road bike options out there for the under 5'3" rider that didn't break the bank.
I am happy to find this forum, from what I read this is a nice group of fellow cyclists!
When I ride, I feel like I am a ten year old going out to play!