I'm fairly new to the wonderful world of road cycling, but I'm already vaguely obsessed.
It all started when a friend of mine gave me her Trek Hybrid and we rode to the trail by my apartment together. At first I was scared to go by myself, then I found I was going as often as I could, wherever I could. Luckily, here in Tampa Bay (FL) there are a lot of great paved trails.
I convinced my husband to buy a cheap hybrid via Craigslist and we've been biking every weekend with a small group of friends since.
That was about 5 or 6 months ago. Today, actually, we're going to our local bike shop and looking at possibly purchasing our first road bikes! I can't even begin to articulate how excited I am.
I'm looking at possibly getting the Raleigh Capri 2.0 and he's looking at possibly the Felt F90. (We're trying to stay below $800 since these will be our first bikes)
The main reason we're getting road bikes is because we plan on doing charity rides whenever we can. I've already signed up for the Tour de Cure in April 2012 (http://main.diabetes.org/goto/BriForLee) I plan on doing the 62 mile ride. I'm extremely excited and nervous about it. The longest ride I've done so far is just over 20 miles, but I have a 30 mile ride scheduled for this weekend with some friends who are doing the Tour de Cure with me. I'll definitely be scouring these forums looking for advice on preparing for the longer rides.
One day, I wouldn't mind attempting a century ride or one of the 3-Day rides to Key West that they have around here or even maybe a triathlon at some point. They've been added to my bucket list
Anyway, the basics, I'm 26, I live in Palm Harbor FL and I ride a Trek Hybrid, but that will soon change (likely, tonight). I'll post pictures of the new ride soon.