I am new to the world of biking and decided to break myself and the wife in gently with a pair Raleigh Route 4.0s; in the first two weeks we have been averaging 20+ miles a day when we can and I have to tell you, I simply love the feeling of being able to exercise while moving at a fair clip. We recently moved to the Twin Ports of Duluth/Superior, have easy access to the Munger trail and that prompted us to begin cycling.
I've read and absorbed a ton of cycling information that would have been helpful at the LBS but like my telescope addiction, I am fairly certain that I will have more than a few bikes in my garage within a year or two. I've already made some changes to my Route 4.0 including a new seat, cause the Selle 'look in' felt like I was sitting on a roast chicken and my beans and mash didn't like it; my research led me to experiment with a B17 Imperial and we will see how that goes in the long run, right now it feels great even for an uprightish bike like I have. I am also thinking about ordering Fatty black bar ends because I feel the need to move my hands around.
Other things about me......My current work involves building a large particle detector for physics research, (I'm not a physicist but I did stay in a holiday inn express last night). Some of my other hobbies include amateur astronomy, small batch beer making, beginner inline skating and pleasing my feline overlords. Before my current job, the wife and I spent around 4 years on Ice as Antarctic contract employees; mostly at McMurdo station and a very brief stint at Amundsen.......didn't see any stargate and they wouldn't let me eat a penguin.
Thanks for all the information so far, Ive been lurking about for a couple of weeks.