This is a great forum. I found it while looking up information on folding bikes. I use my bike for commuting because I can't stand being stuck in traffic in a car. I really like passing all those cars stopped on the 14th Street bridge every day! Now that the time has changed, I need a bike that I can still ride 12 miles to work in the morning, but put on the Metro in the evening.
My first bike was a green Schwinn banana seat thing, followed shortly by a beautiful white Jacques Anquetil children's bike that my dad bought for me. I was hooked from age 8. I now ride a Jamis Coda Comp for commuting. My old racing frame broke in an accident last year (as did my helmet, yikes). It was a 1980 Vitus. I also have a very heavy 1985 Stumpjumper and a 1951 JC Higgins 3-speed.
Bikes are great! So are heads! Wear your helmet!