Sides strees from my house to Summit Avenue, nice bike lane, then through the hell that is downtown, across the river to work. I alternate between my touring/commuter and a fixed gear. Up Ohio and Ramsey hills on a fixed gear, oh yah!
39 years old in 2004, originally started biking as physical therapy for a knee injury, then emotional thearapy, now more environmental and too damn Scotch to pay the upkeep on a car. I bike 10-11 months a year, taking a month or less of in the winter. I don't bounce quite as easily as I used too.
Things I have learned biking: Never draft a gargage truck, don't flip off the honk behind you- it might be a co-worker saying hi,don't take a fixed gear bike with no brakes down a steep hill if the chain is loose.
My wife and I have a tandem, loads of fun! Its great to pass racers on that bike!