Hi, my name is Carl and I live in the Richmond VA area. I've been riding a Bianchi hybrid bike for the last 15-20 years as a casual "daily exercize" rider. Last month, I saw a local promo for a century/half century event so I signed up and struggled thru 50 miles successfully on the heavy hybrid and felt great about it. (Full disclosure: I'm 66 yrs ols.)
Since that experience, I've joined the local bike club and bought a Specialized Allez Elite as my entry to road bikes. Just got it today and I've been out riding in the dark ( w/headlight and blinkies of course!).
I have to admit I'm a little intimidated by the "drop" handle bar, new way of shifting and braking, the riding posture, etc. But Im sure all that becomes natural in good time. I have decided to learn the bike first and only then, clipless pedals. I have enough to master with the bike.
You will no doubt see me popping up all around this forum asking a million questions but as long as you are interested in discussing these subjects with me and giving your sage advice, I will keep asking questions. Thanks! Carl