The title says it all. After 20 years off the bike, I returned last year with something of a vengeance.
I am a lifetime Central New Yorker (which is completely different than an Upstate New Yorker), and started riding in the Finger Lakes area in my teens. Had the thrill of working in a bike shop, and built up my Lotus Prestige framed zipster in the 80's. Road it 30 miles a day every day it wasn't snowing, to school, work and everywhere.
I really know why I gave it up, but I did. College, cars, broken collarbone and reduced shoulder range of motion, wife and kids. All that. Twice over the years I dusted off the Lotus, rode it once, had a numb shoulder, and stashed it away. Finally gave it away two years ago to a good neighbor who would use it.
One year later I finish my 5 yr hiking quest, and get roped into committing to a 75 mile bike ride in the Adirondacks. I buy an inexpensive big box hybrid (DIamondBack Insight?) on clearance. First ride on it is 68 miles around one of the lakes. Sore but in love again. No shoulder issues. Wonder why I ever gave it up.
I then give the Diamonback to my Dad (to help him recover from hip replacement surgery) and buy a Specialized Sirrus Sport - alum frame, carbon fork - that I had asked a LBS to get in before I cheaped out on the Diamondback. They were very cool (in fact they are now my defacto clubhouse).
And thats where this forum comes in. Over the next 1400 miles and the summer, I replaced, upgraded and tweaked every part on it. From lurking, I figured out how to get mountain bike shifters to work sweetly with road compact and standard cranks, the pros and cons of different bottom brackets, and how I seem to be the only guy in the world that doesn't find aluminum frames "buzzy" or uncomfortable. By December 2010, I had replaced every part on the Sirrus except frame, fork, and headset.
So in April I bought a frame, fork, and headset, and now have two bikes. I am not giving either away this time.
So thats me. And again, happy to be here.