I still enjoy and occasional afternoon with Mr. Limbaugh.
As to my riding, I have made much progress in increasing my fitness. I started off riding a few blocks. Now I ride about 15 miles after works every week day. I average about 15mph on a hilly course. The big chainring helps going down. I hit 35 mph the other night. Saturdays I go for about 25 miles. Sundays I rest. Please note that this is toting an old Schwinn Cro-Molly mountain bike up and down the hills of Northwest Missouri. We do indeed have hills. I seek them for the challenge. I rode up the worst hill in town yesterday.
I have changed out to semi-slick tires and keep the bike set up with fenders and a lighting system for rainy days and evening rides. I have a front bag and rear rack (softball for you Chet) for toting spare tubes, locks, wallet.
I started doing the occasional commute to work on days when I was sure i was going to do field work, but no showers are available in my neck of the woods and the ride is too short to make this anything other than a pain in the ass. The ride is only three miles and I need my car at work 70% of the time. Thus, it just makes more sense to go for a long ride after work.
I have used the bike for local erands and even went grocery shopping the other day with it. I made a set of homemade panniers to haul loads with. It is a supprisingly utilitarian device.
I really enjoy bicycling. I am fitter and feel better and I like the community of riders. The other day I went out without my normal cloth shorts over my bicycling shorts. The world wasn't ready for that much lycra covered ass.
I'm looking to get a used roadbike once the beergut is gone. Any suggestions. Keep in mind, I have a kid in braces and a frugal wife.