Long-time reader of the forums but never posted...
A dog ran in front of me and sent me here to actually post for the first time (that's the short version of the story).
INTRODUCTION: I'm 34. Live in the Central Valley of Northern California near Tracy, Manteca and Stockton. I have been a bike rider since I was a kid but just got turned on to road bikes in the last year. Last 7 years has been spent on an old and very heavy mountain bike (Specialized) and a few months ago I decided I wanted to ride the Tour De Palm Springs Century in February so I bought a Specialized Allez Comp. It's a beautiful machine (or at least was until the incident with the aforementioned dog!).
Tour De Palm Springs is February 5th in Palm Springs, CA. Hope to see a few of you there!