I'm here in eastern North Carolina, where the land is flat, and the summer's are usually double ninety. (That's 90 degrees and 90% humidity!) I have been working overseas (Afghanistan) for the last three years, and have been off the bike for that time. Dang am I out of shape! I've got to drop about 25 lbs, and get more miles in the saddle. The last five days I've gotten in about 20 to 23 miles a day, and when today was too windy to even think about a fun ride, I was relieved!
I have a an old Canondale that I bought at a garage sale for $100.00, and over time, sort of rebuilt it. It has the original 7 speed but now has a Shimano 105 triple up front, Nitto bars, Brooks saddle ( will NOT ride any other!) and the bar end shifters I love.
Lately, though, I have been riding my latest toy. I bought a De Bernardi frame (Steel, "Brain tubing) with beautiful chromed rear triangle and forks, and while I was overseas, my brother built it up for me with a mix of Campi (brakes and crank) Shimano (10 speed and bar-ends) and mixed in Velo Orange wheels and bar. Of course, it got a Brooks Saddle, and for the heck of it, I put matching leather bar tape on for the "ambiance."
Now, all I gotta do is ride!!