I just wanted to update people on my progress as a fairly new rider. I started late last summer and bought my current bike with only 3000kms.
Since then I have ridden the interior a few times, with Baker and Chukanut in the USA as well. In all of the riding I've done I now how 17k kms on my bike. I uninsured my bike for the winter too.
Side note: I see so many bikes for sale that have only 9k kms or less and they are 8 years old or 5 years old. Do any of you ride your bikes?! By the time I'm done with this bike I'll probably have 75k kms on it!
Crashed my bike too at low speed with only cosmetic damage and a big lesson learned for me (look where you want to go, target fixation, your bike is better than you think it is so look lean/push bar and turn,...).
Been on a few group rides and have been able to keep up pretty well and I've backed off too when I'm not feeling up to it.
Newbie still or not?