At least you'll have an idea of how many members are near to you, which is an important consideration when deciding whether to upgrade.
When browsing member profiles you'll find them listed by geographical location.
Once you've jumped through all the hoops, you're in.
Registering as a standard member allows you to have a look round and get a feel for the site.
Whilst you might not necessarily miss things like the blog feature, limited search options are likely to impede your search for guys and so if you can afford a Gold membership then it's money well spent as it can make your searches quicker and more efficient.