Hello, I am a 58 year old fellow from far west Texas that has always loved bicycling. I am primarily a commuter and use a 2005 Trek 4300 that I have loaded with racks and bags and lights, plus I put on skinnier (and lighter) 1.6" high pressure tires. It's a great urban assault vehicle, and gets a lot of miles in the city here. I am a utilitarian cyclist, but I keep a car for "special" occasions. I drive about once a week, but other than that I stick with my faithful steed.
I've bicycled since about 1984, and the major benefits have been simplicity and enjoyment of life, and health. Anyway, glad to be part of the forums here!