Hi all, newcomer here from Frederick, MD. I started out my second life of cycling (that is, following a long break between childhood and adulthood) three years ago with a multi-modal bike commute a few of days a week and have progressed to riding roughly 12 miles per day getting to and from work year round (on dry roads). I do my best to ride to where I need to go locally and am working on getting higher mileage recreational rides under my wheels. I've finally gotten my partner hooked on riding, and the fact that we're now discussing taking middle-distance bike touring trips together has me absolutely ecstatic. I ride a stock Surly Crosscheck and I love that thing. Glad to be here!