Greetings from Brooklyn.
I'm a Brooklynite for the past two years. I've been a casual rider my whole life but lately have become a tad gung-ho. I hate exercise for its own sake, so this suits me.
I got my first NYC bike in the summer of '03. It was a beater to beat all beaters and was stolen within ten days. Bad lock/luck. I got another one this summer, another beater, and it lasted a few months. It got nabbed from in front of my buidling--I couldn't bring a bike inside in my last apartment, no room. This fall my pal nycm'er gave me a better road bike, less than ten years old, no rust. I got addicted. Soon I bought a better bike (I moved down the block and can keep them inside). Now I have a fixed gear which I love for general city riding and a geared bike with fenders which I intend to use for touring and here on rainy days. Unfortunately, the NYPD has custody of the fendered bike since Critical Mass last weekend in Manhattan--I'll get it back though.
Anyway, glad this site exists. I have lots of questions.