Hello from Toronto, Canada!
I'm a cycling noob that got started commuting around Toronto last summer, on an old beater I bought cheap off Craigslist. I loved it so much I ditched my monthly transit pass and haven't looked back. Riding in the city is challenging, but a ton of fun, and I love the mix of practicality and fitness. I'm getting more serious about my cycling now, and looking at buying my first real bike. I want to start getting into riding purely recreationally in addition to commuting, doing longer fitness rides, trails, etc.
As I mentioned, I'm a total beginner, so I'm very interested in reading the advice and opinions of more experienced riders on these boards. In fact, I think i'll head over to the hybrid forum and ask my first right now!