I am a male in late 50s. I grew up in India riding a Raleigh utility bike (single speed with free wheel, steel rims, rod brakes) from the 7th grade thru grad school to initial employment.
Fast forward 30+ years, immigration to US, career, family, etc., excuses, excuses..
Though I owned a bike and used it in summers over the past, I never knew one could take multi day trips on a bike till recently. I really want to commute but it takes too long to ride 20 miles each way.
Lately, I am very much interested in bicycle touring and am putting together the required paraphernalia and reading anything I can lay my hands on about bicycle touring. I am also a volunteer bike mechanic at a local charity, making donated bikes roadworthy to be sold in their shop to generate funds.
Running at NYC Half 2012