Hello there! I fell back in love with bicycling and bicycles while living in LA and now ride as a commuter in Oregon. So far I've been riding a humble Franken-bike (Specialized hybrid modified to ride more like a city bike). But a few years ago I rented a high-end Bianchi road bike to tour a stretch of the Oregon Coast Route, and it spoiled me forever and ever! I am now on the cusp of buying my first road bike. And I'm also trying to become more comfortable with the technical and mechanical aspects of bicycles. The conversations on these forums are incredibly inspiring - thanks!