Well, actually Vancouver WA, but most folks know where Portland is and I'm only 10 minutes away.
I've been riding since 1988 when I bought my first Mtn Bike in Bozeman Montana - the first Trek aluminum framed series and have been hooked ever since.
Grew up in South Georgia so after I moved back down there with my Mtn bike and there were no hills I got into road biking, then moved to North Georgia and back to the Mtn bike. I now have lived in the Pacific Northwest for the last 10 years and have ridin my Mongoose Pro Mtn for the past 5 years. The last few years I've been slacking due to time and work and too busy doing other things on the weekends. I broke down last weekend and bought a new road bike, an 05 Specialized Allez Sport - Black. I've been down and out for the last few weeks sick, but hopefully I will be out this weekend burning up some miles and maybe meeting some of you guys on the road as well, or the trails. At least my wife has been nice enough to allow me to keep the new Allez in the home office so I can keep an eye on it, but it's sure itchin to get spinning.
Anyway, just wanted to say Hi to an awesome group of folks, Ive been reading and lurking for the last several weeks trying to pick up some points on the best road bike for under $1K and have had no problems at all getting excellent information. (Thanks roadies!) This forum is awesome, I've read no bashing and only great support for newbies, which surely isn't the case in some of the auto forums I've been involved in.
Well, thats about it I guess, I'll catch ya'll later,
Lance (not Armstrong) Noell