I'm pretty much a newbie here as well. But I do love spin. We have it available at 6:am, it goes for an hour and the instructors kick my rear into shape pretty quickly over the winter months. There is this one particular instructor who checks your wheel for heat; mine is always hot.
I am glad to see there are some spinners on here, I searched for a spinning forum but couldn't find one. There are also DVDs at spinervals.com, but I haven't tried them, but I am really enjoying the ones I got from spinning.com, you can also get them for less on ebay from seller "indoorcycling".