I love riding a bike. For almost two years I rode my bike to work almost every day of the week and I loved it. Unfortunately, I now work farther away and due to time constraints it is no longer a viable option for me.
I currently own three bikes. The first is an old Schwinn Frontier bike which was a hand-me-down from my mother. It is sort of built like a mountain bike, but has forks which look like they are from a road bike. I guess you could call it a "hybrid". It has a steel frame so it is very heavy and very solid but I am not too concerned about it getting stolen.
Next I also own an amazing Trek 2000 road bike. I think I bought this in late 2002 when The Bike Gallery was having their clearance sale. This was the first new bike I had owned in a long time so when I first sat down on it to give it a test ride I had to have the sales guy show me where the shifter was to change gears. This bike weighs next to nothing but has a couple of scratches on it from a few spills I have taken.
Most recently I bought a GT Avalanche 3.0 mountain bike for the start of my 2006 sabbatical. Where the Trek was at the high end, this bike is closer to the low end. I basically wanted the most inexpensive mountain bike which had disc brakes and front suspension. Performance Bike was having an on-line sale on the Avalanche 3.0 and the local Performance Bike shop has a policy of honoring their on-line prices. Plus, the local Performance Bike shop was having an "everything 10% off" sale which they also honored on top of the on-line sale price so I got the bike for an amazing deal. The only upgrade I made was to replace the plastic pedals with clipless pedals. This bike also has a few scratches on it from the many spills I have taken on it. Clipless pedals can be hard to get used to, and on a mountain bike the learning process is painful.