What's up? My name is Eric. I guess I can tell a little about myself and why I'm here. I used to be EXTREMELY into bikes when I was younger, up until I got lazy when I got my license. I stopped seeing it as recreation and exercise when I could just "drive to the gym" and in between high school and now, I've gained about 190 pounds. This is a long post so skim if you'd like. I figure I'll post up some info since **** seems like somewhat tightly knit forum between members so I might as well join in where I fit in.
Here's a few somewhat recent pics of me.
Chicago Auto Show 2011
Chicago "Bean" 2010
Here are the reasons I stopped riding..
I basically invested so much time in my cars I've had since 2005 that I had no real time to ride, and as mentioned above, "just not fun".. Got a job at a local bike store a few months ago, got me back into riding. I have since lost the job (Misunderstanding with management, their loss, I can build **** with my eyes closed.) but I have gotten back into riding.
Here's my fleet..
2006 Mongoose Rockadile AL
I got it when I was 13 or 14 and rode the hell out of it before I got my license at 16 and took the wheels off and put it in the attic of the garage. Got back into biking to lose weight (22 now) and it when new, looked like this:
And here's how it sits now :
Mods I did when I was younger..
JensonUSA rhynolite/deore disc wheelset
Bontrager Jones tires
Hayes HMX/1 F/R
Deore XT rear derailleur
Deore hollowtech crankset
Easton EA50 handlebar
Deore LX Rapidfire/brake lever combo
Profile? Bar ends
Bell xenon headlamp
New stuff as of the past few weeks..
2 bottle cages
Trek 3-LED tail lamp (old 90's stuff, stepdad didn't want it and told me I could have it)
Trek seat pack with complete toolset, glueless patches, etc etc (stepdad gave that to me as well)
Trek micro tire pump (same with the last two things)
350? MM 27.2 off brand cheapie heavy duty seat post
The only original parts on the bike are the forks (cheap junk, never got around to replacing / upgrading) , front derailleur , handlebar stem.
I'd LIKE to upgrade to newer LX or XT shift/brake combo, f/r derailleurs, and a nice cable set. Been LOVING the bike since I got back into riding.
Here it is out on the Glacial-Drumlin Trail just west of Waukesha, WI.