Hello all, I am a lurker-turned-poster. The wealth of information here is astounding!
My interests in cycling include: commuting, utility and cargo use. The cargo in particular is my cello, as I am a college student majoring in music. I have minor interest in recreational cycling, riding the locally famous rocky hill loop once in a while.
I commute to work 8 mi one way, and next semester will be commuting 13 mi one way on weekdays. Living in the central valley CA, the lack of bike infrastructure and awareness forces me onto country roads with fairly clueless motorists.
I am also an inexperienced welder, and would like to some day create my own frames, and an electronics hobbyist, currently working on a halogen light system for my bike.