Hi, I just joined the forums this morning. I live in the beautiful town of Bend, Oregon. I'm re-entering the world of cycling after more than ten years away. Right now I'm looking for a good commuting bike, and have been looking at the Trek X500. It looks like a winner, but I'm not an expert on components, materials, etc. so I welcome anyone's input. You can email me at email@example.com if you would like to give me further advice.
More about me: I'm 35 years old and have been in the "fat-and-lazy" club for too long. As a young lad I used to ride a Sears ten-speed everywhere--and I lived in an area with some loooooong uphill rides. Back then I had pretty strong legs. Anyway, I'm working on getting back into shape and eventually will get a dedicated road bike, with which I plan to ride in some Centuries as well as the Cycle Oregon event. I'm hoping for 2006 on the Cycle Oregon thing. That's about it. Looking forward to meeting everyone!