Wow, this is some big forum! It'll take me all winter to read everything. I am 48, have been riding steadily for about 10 years now. It has helped me lose, and keep off 100 pounds. Started with a mountain bike, but ended up riding it on the road all the time, so got my 1st road bike a year later. Usually can squeeze in 5000 or so miles in a year. This fall, just started doing cyclocross races & had a great time. Last week I bought a fixed gear bike, so that's my latest obsession. This past summer, one of my best days was doing the Mt. Washington hillclimb race, my first time ever. Hope to do it again, a little faster, next year. I love reading & talking about cycling.