Name here is Kevin
I ran across this site doing a search. Here is my story in brief. Got layed off a few months ago, got bored,found out I had to go on insulin for my diabetes, need to loose some weight, standing around one day in the garage... Ahh there they were up in the rafters. My bicycles. I have a specialized crossroads and a Raliegh Super Corse 12. A little lube, some air, remove cobwebs, replace cracked tires and I was off on a ride.
Next day rode longer and harder etc... Three months later, have work, been riding religiously every day both bikes tuned up professionally, wife and teenage daughter also with crossroads have casual interest on weekend rides on occasion. And I am still off the hook about bikes.
So, convinced it is not a passing fad, turning my crossroads into a commuter bike, fenders,rack etc.. and while enjoying the Raliegh every other day or so have decided I like the comfort of the crossroads but the weight, speed and handiling of the road bike, so upgrade time. Cross/comfort/road bike. Something like a Specailzed sirrus or Cannondale road warrior type thing.
Check out the commuting forum. There is lots of good stuff there on what makes for a good commuting bike. I personally ride a recumbent and find it to be an excellent commuter. Wow! A Raieigh Super Course! I used to ride a Raleigh Grand Prix many years ago. No more road bikes for me.
I also had a rootbeer brown Raliegh touring 14 for a time if that rings any bells. Unfourtanely, Raleigh is not competitive in the cross/comfort market I now seek.