Started bicycling seriously as a lifestyle thing that brings me free exercise benefits. I hate the cost and dependency of cars.
From my front door to my office door, by trail and some paved road, takes me 34 minutes each way. Burning about 540 calories. I am paranoid about flats and leave early and use really good tires. So there is my cardio workout.
Thankfully I have an office with a closet so I preposition clothing and shoes to work in. About three jackets, and five each of shirts and pants. I just rotate.
Here is a picture of my Schwinn Searcher which I purchased in 1999. This hybrid bike is perfect for commuting and has been extremely reliable. Geared just right for my commute which includes two pretty steep hills.
Steel frame, actually in my mind a good thing, and a bit on the heavy side this is my workhorse. I just purchased a 2009 Surly Cross Check. Jury is still out.
Thinking this might be my touring bike and recreational bike, and serving as a backup for the Schwinn.