I just wanted to introduce myself and say hello. I've been browsing the site and forums for some weeks now, but have taken the plunge and signed up as a member.
Having been on something of a cycling hiatus for a good 10 years, a change of job some months ago has reduced my commuting distance to the point where it's not worth using the car, so I decided to get back in the saddle again.
So far, so good really, despite all the horror stories about cyclist fatalities of recent weeks. I commute just a few miles across a provincial town with a reasonably good cycle infrastructure, and the local drivers are mostly considerate.
All of this to date has been on a trusty old Scott mountain bike, but I've got a Trek Madone on order through cycle2work, which I'm expecting to pick up in a couple of weeks.
The main thinking with that is to get out and do a bit of distance at weekends. My current best is about 20 miles on the Scott (on tarmac) before both the bike and I give up, so I'm hoping a "proper" road bike will be a conduit to greater endurance and, dare I say, some sportive riding next year.
I'm impressed by the weight loss so far though. I was portly at best when I started cycling again, but have lost the best part of 2 stone in a little under 6 months. I could still do with losing at least as much as that again though...
Anyway, hello again, I'm looking forward to being a part of what goes on around here.