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    New to Forum

    Hello all,

    Just replied to a post by Europa in this forum so thought I should introduce myself.

    I've been lurking here for a long time but not posted before.

    I am 66 years old and a retired school principal.

    My wife Helen and I got back into bikes after not riding since school days when we picked up a couple old 3 speeds at a car boot sale. When the tires wore out we traded them for Giant cypress's.

    We used to think 5km around the block was a major ride. Now its about 100km per wk or more as I am ride co-ordinator/ leader for our Over 50 riding group.

    Enthused by friends riding around Australia we bought ourselves Logo trikes and toured from Devonport to Hobart in Tasmania. Earlier this year we joined the Bike Victoria Great Tasmanian Tasmanian Ride down the East Coast of Tasmania.

    A far cry from our "long" 5 km rides. We've been riding about 6 years now.

    I have built a number of bikes. Two Bentechs. One for self and one for a friend as well as four Toureasy clones for some of our group who were having problems with their wedgies.

    Some people say home made bents are no good but my comparisons show the ones I built are just as good as commercial offerings but then I'm biased.

    In my readings on this forum I have picked up a lot of good information thanks to all the knowledgeable posters.

    Now I've made the leap to post here I hope you will be able to put up with me.

    Regards to all

    John Lewis

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    Welcome! Now let's see pics of those bents!

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    Welcome John!

    I admire people who build bikes. In the case of recumbents, I see all of these home-built models around the Internet, where people even build the frames out of metal tubes. Very interesting little cottage industry.
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    Oh my a principal....flash backs from school....I did not recognize ANY of the bikes you mentioned...but that is more my ignorance than anything.....

    Welcome and I am glad you ride a bike....that is all that really counts in my book...

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    G'day John. Glad to see another Aussie here to help keep this mob in line

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lewis View Post
    In my readings on this forum I have picked up a lot of good information thanks to all the knowledgeable posters.
    Are you sure you're in the right forum???




    Seriously, feel free to post anything you want anytime you want. This is a very friendly group.

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    Welcome to the group, John.

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    John, what color is your bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
    John, what color is your bike?
    Hi DG,

    'fraid it's not white.

    Trike is dark Blue, Bentech is Yellow, TE Clone is purple and the Cypress is silver.

    Guess I must be colourblind.

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    Welcome John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Paulie View Post
    Are you sure you're in the right forum???




    Seriously, feel free to post anything you want anytime you want. This is a very friendly group.
    welcome aboard John, have fun.
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    Welcome and glad you're no longer a lurker.
    Oh I used to be disgusted and now I try to be amused. But since their wings have got rusted, you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes. But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain, that's when I knew that I could not refuse. And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

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    Welcome John. Was a lurker myself until one day, I found the urge to share my bike experience. You're in good company, you probably know that before your first post. The group need pics of your bike.

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    Buzz off.


    I didn't mean that, but the other responses were getting a bit too predictable.

    Nice shirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lewis View Post
    Hello all,


    My wife Helen and I got back into bikes after not riding since school days when we picked up a couple old 3 speeds at a car boot sale. When the tires wore out we traded them for Giant cypress's.

    Now I've made the leap to post here I hope you will be able to put up with me.

    Regards to all

    John Lewis
    We'll put up with you providing you get a camera and post pics. And when the ashtray fills up on your car- Let me know- I could do with a cheap car
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    Hmmm ... I kinda like John's idea. Perhaps we should start a new 50+ tradition - only one set of tires per bike. When the tires wear out, it is new bike time!

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    Welcome John! always happy to have new folks post and to hear of new perspectives. I think that's one of the real assets of a 50+ forum, we all have been around long enough to be way more tolerant of other opinions, and to appreciate the differences of folks that make up the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
    Hmmm ... I kinda like John's idea. Perhaps we should start a new 50+ tradition - only one set of tires per bike. When the tires wear out, it is new bike time!
    I don't know about everyone else, but I think I have been following that rule for years. Actually, the last bike I sold still had plenty of rubber on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
    Hmmm ... I kinda like John's idea. Perhaps we should start a new 50+ tradition - only one set of tires per bike. When the tires wear out, it is new bike time!
    I like that idea. I think I need to replace the tire on the front of the Madone. I saw a small slit in it this morning.
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    Welcome John.

    It's always nice to see a lurker decide to join in.
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    Welcome, John. I'll try to not to forget your name.
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    Welcome to the asylum.

    My older brother is also named John and is a school principal but has not retired yet. I, on the other hand, having spent a good deal of my school years sitting in the principals office, decided to go into another line of work.

    Please do post some photos of your home made recumbents

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
    Hmmm ... I kinda like John's idea. Perhaps we should start a new 50+ tradition - only one set of tires per bike. When the tires wear out, it is new bike time!
    Can I look for roads with lots of broken glass on them? Or won't it be compulsory to completely wear a tyre out (I'm not sure I can wait that long)

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lewis View Post
    I have built a number of bikes. Two Bentechs. One for self and one for a friend as well as four Toureasy clones for some of our group who were having problems with their wedgies.
    Welcome! What's a wedgie?

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