I live in the central valley of california. I have enjoyed cycling since I was about 17, not that I have rode the whole time- I am now 45. I have let myself go so to speak, so this is the year of the bike for me, I have got to loose the weight. I started riding this feb. and now have logged 225 miles. I do work full time, and with this weather it is hard to get out right now. I am training to ride the wildflower in april(50 miler) longest ride so far this year has been 30 miles. starting weight 268.9- I will keep you informed.