I just got a bike – at the age of 33 it is technically my first mountain bike. I did have a raleigh BMX when I was a kid, but didn’t carry on with bikes into my teens. I am now trying to cycle to work 3 times a week – does depend on the weather thought :)
My new one is a Raleigh too, so I guess I got indoctrinated as a kid. So far I’ve done nearly 75 miles in a little under 2 weeks (which after much number crunching, based on roughly 30mpg and 115.9p per litre for petrol, giving 75/(30*0.22)*1.159) is a saving of £13.17. Only another 20 weeks and I’ll have paid for the bike!
Unfortunately it doesn’t as yet have seemed to do anything for my weight :(