babylon by bike
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: New Haven, CT, USA
Bikes: Road, Cargo, Tandem, Etc.
That Scott is nicer than anything I have up and running in my bike stable, and I've been cycling pretty seriously for 25 years. You did great. Now it's all about putting miles in and gaining experience. There is a lot to learn, especially if you are planning on riding in groups. Many serious road riders can be gruff towards newbies, mostly because riding fast in a tight group requires trust of the other's experience.
Earn your stripes on long solo rides, gain experience in heavy traffic and different road types and conditions, and then ask at your LBS where and when the beginner/intermediate rides are.
Bonus points if you buy your accesories from the bike shop-- I'd say at least half the extra $$$ you spend (amazon is cheaper to be sure) will come back in the form of freely given advice, cheaper bills for bike repairs and upgrades, etc. Bicycling can be an excellent way to support local business.
Enjoy! And post some photos!
The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. Christopher Morley