I've been reading some of the forums for awhile now and signed up initially to see the attached images but I'll look forward to participating too. I live in Livermore CA, a reasonably bike friendly community southeast of San Francisco and south of Napa. We are a wine region, and every weekend there are numerous peletons touring the roads around here. Personally I ride for commuting, health and pleasure, usually alone or with small groups I don't wear lycra and you wouldn't want me to. I just retired an early 1980's Austro Daimler AD-SLE, lugged 531, with a passable touring refit I did in college. It's been a fun and comfortable ride but I was ready for an upgrade. I just started riding a Rivendell A. Homer Hilsen that I picked up used, and am fitting it to my body and equipment preferences. So far I am really enjoying it and can tell the difference from my AD. the AHH is less of a sporty handler (e.g. pothole avoidance) but makes up for it in comfort and improved kit while being equally fast.
My favorite ride: San Francisco-Golden Gate Bridge-Tiburon-ferry back to SF. Perfect day with perfect views of the Bay and City. I either park near Ft. Mason or take Bart to Embarcadero. Stop for espresso in Sausalito and lunch in Tiburon. Total time 4-6 hrs, total distance is 20 miles by bike and 5 by ferry.