Hello. My name is Ron and I am a 50+ + +. I hadn't been on a bike since I was a teen and 4 years ago, a neighbor asked me to ride. She and her husband had 4 bikes so they pulled one down for me. It was a road bike. I got on it and thought I was gonna crash and burn. Tires too thin for someone who hadn't been on a bike ride in some 30+ years. So I chose the hybrid. After several nice short rides, I decided to buy my own hybrid. That was back in 2007. I am a causal rider at best and my max was 20 miles.
A few weeks ago, after a 15 mile ride, I decided it was time to move up to a road bike. I found your site and began reading about what type of bike to get, type of gears, derailers and all kinds of words I'd never heard before. Armed with all sorts of information I learned from this forum, I went to a very reputable LBS who helped me find the perfect bike, outfit it accordingly, set me up using a computerized camera rig and sent me on my way. That was late yesterday. Today it's so windy and dismal, I'm staring out the window debating on whether to head out or wait for the nicer day tomorrow.
In any event, I wrote a book here, but wanted to say hi and thanks for all the valuable information. I look forward to learning more in the days and weeks ahead.