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    William Karstens
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    In the military (8 years, USN) as I didn't have much to do and my then girlfriend/now wife wouldn't marry me or go out with me if I was still living in Golden Gate Park or in my truck. It was a fun life but as the song says "Rambling boy you gotta settle down".. Navy has kept me in, mostly by one time good deals (spent two point 5 years in Iceland.. and yes, I liked it, no I didn't live in a quonsen hut and yes the women are all viking blonds.. but I wasn't interested)..
    I rode a lot as a kid. As soon as my parents took limits off where I could ride, I was 30 miles away in the next town. Saved all summer to buy an expensive (1989) 1000 dollar Nishiki Arieal Mountain bike, one of the first with index shifting. Ran cross country too until my sophmore year.. I met a girl, took up smoking and started to write poetry. I still have the bike, the girl long gone, the poetry stashed in a closet prolly. I gave up smoking in 1996, after moving to Iceland (try moving contient, changing climates, having not furniture for 3 months AND kicking the habit, can you say GRUMPY?). While I was there, I decided that I wanted to be a triathelete. So I planned my current bike. 1999 (bought in 2k at a discount) Cannondale R600 - not a triple like I wanted, but a double ~ I'm still mad for believing the salesmen when he said I'd never need the triple. But thankfull because it makes me work hard.

    I own a Jeep wranger, and love to go out and play in it. It has big tires (33's) can flex like no tommorrow, and sucks gas so fast that you can watch the gauge move. It has taken my tons of places. I have a ton of pictures of it.. all over the place. I am in to trail maintenace and I'm not into destroying the trails I travel on.. so don't attack me. Besides, I like driving over rocks.. not mud... I'm not in a club, I have a group of friends I"ve met over the internet who go out to gether regularly. If anyone in Southern California want's to come along, we have a clean up in Big Bear 30 june...

    Biking is transportation primarily, but it's more about my love will be to do long road trips as well as traithlons. I'll never be a top 10, but I'll go like crazy and try to have as much fun as possible. Everyone I work with believes that I am crazy for riding 14 miles one way to work. I think they are crazy for not getting out and seeing the real side of life and also not getting the heart moving.. But hey, it's only me.

    I'm married with one kid. Wife is beautifull (can't figure out how she's hangin' round) and my child is nothing like me, which is a good thing, cause I was not a great kid.

    Here's a link to a picture of me, I'm on the left in the tank top.
    http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewP...p=31134772&f=0
    And another classic.. deep inside we've all wanted to do this once or twice...
    http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewP...p=31136176&f=0

    No photos of me and the bike.. sorry.. but I ride alone now, I've yet to look into a bike club or the like.


    I'm big in to travel.. even if it's just a walk around the block. Opening your eyes, you can see so much that you miss everyday.

    Well, that's enough useless banter from William. Hope you're still awake!
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    So that's where I left my Camero!

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    Originally posted by Oscar
    So that's where I left my Camero!
    Uh ohh.. there goes my insurance!

    Actually, we were helping clean up an indian reservation and we pulled a whole bunch of trashed/stolen and abondon cars.. and there it was.. and it was sooo inviting.. Sooo soo inviting..
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    Hey, here's a picture of me finally, and I've let it all loose.

    I'm new here, but hey, I can make a bad impression quick.
    http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewP...p=47583452&f=0
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    Hi, my name is Terry. I'm a compact male. A lot of people call me Grumpy, Grumpers, Grumpa, or Grump, a nickname assigned me while serving as a hospital corpsman, U.S. Navy many years ago.
    Married, live in Fortuna Ca, USA. 52 years old, but not REAL old. One grandson, Bobby lives with his Mom and Dad in Sacramento, Ca.

    1st bike was a Schwinn Tiger, circa 1958 or 1959. Being on that bike seemed as natural as walking.
    Bought a Schwinn Sport Tourer in 1972, got rid of it in the mid-eighties. Dottie(wife) gave me a "Western Auto special" a couple of years ago, and it was so uncomfortable it gathered dust in my workshop. My brother bought a mid level mountain bike, let me try it, and I decided I have to get one! After shopping around, I purchased a Specialized hybrid in January this year. So, really feel like a novice. I hope, in time, to bond with this new bike like I did with the ol' Schwinn Tiger. Mainly ride around town, and on local rural roads. It's beautiful riding amongst the redwoods early in the morning! Peace, Grump(AKA Terry)

    P.S. I do remember the hazards of loose gravel and rail road tracks!
    Grump, aka Terry.

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    Hello all, I'm a 25 year old from Canada. I have just recently moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan. I'm still trying to figure out if I like it here. I work in the office at Isuzu. I actually am in the process of buying my first bike. I have been researching for weeks now. I think I'm ready to buy Trek fuel. I've heard that there are some amazing trails around here. I hope to hit them soon. See ya guys later.

    Trekn

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    Hi Trekn, welcome to the forums.

    The fuel looks like an awsome bike, have fun.
    "...perhaps the world needs a little more Canada" - Jean Chretian, 2003.

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    My turn to intoduce myself,
    Age-34
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    I live in british columbia with my beautiful wife and child-and my not so beautiful pug dog abigail-and i currently work in a nursing home as a nurses assistant.
    I used to use my bike as my primary transportation when i was in my 20's but once i settled down with my wife i got lazy and started hitting the doughnuts pretty hard.
    Anyway i've been back biking recreationally for a year now and i have just started commuting to work and am having a great time doing it!
    The bike i ride is a rocky mountain somethingorother, it's my brother-in-laws and he does not use it so i have been slowly but surely converting it into a commuting bike.
    I plan on looking around some garage sales for old road bikes that i can breathe some life into and if anyone has any advice on what to look for in old bikes please let me know.

    Andre

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    Andre,
    welcome to Bikeforum.com, hope you enjoy your stay here, and see more of your posting here.
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    hey andre! im about 30min away from you right now

    well.....
    i am 19 years old, living in maple ridge, british columbia, canada. im about 6' 3", and 175lbs. currently working at a reforestation greenhouse....but was working in poco before(andre, i might have seen you without knowing it....it was a customer service job). as far as biking goes, ive been around the mountain biking aspect of it all my life....as my dad starting mountain biking in the early 80s and actually forged some of the first trails around here. so ive really been around the sport all my life.....and i still love it!

    to this day i am happy to be living where i am, im still descovering new fantastic trails all the time.

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    Hi all.

    I am Stu, also from Augusta, GA. Serge browbeat me until I logged into this site and signed-up. Hey, Alphageek - I live in Martinez, and work for GA Power.

    I am 42, a Telecommunications Technician by trade, married to a woman who loves tennis more than life itself (but won't get on a bike), and I have been riding to work & back, along with everywhere else, since 1985 or so.

    Diabetes got me on a bike, the thrill of whooshing along on two wheels has kept me there. I get in about 900 miles every month, and went over 1000 for the first time ever in May.

    What prompted me to join here was this - I gave away my car last Friday - 1986 Nissan Pickup, 73K miles - to my mother (She's 77 - If you live here, look out for a red truck that looks like noone is driving. It's not a robot car, look close and you will see knuckles on the wheel.)

    Anyway, I am down to three good bicycles, parts to make maybe three more, no more oil changes, no more belts & hoses, no more payments. My wife has a car - One car per household ought to be enough.

    Thanks to Serge, (the man from Remulak) for pointing me to this forum. He sure ain't from this world, but we do share similar hairlines!

    Stumon

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    Originally posted by Stumon
    One car per household ought to be enough.
    Abisitively Posolutely!

    Welcome Stumon, you're gonna love it on the Bike Forums.
    It's good to have another Augustan, (That's 3 I know of.)

    We're going to have to get together and celebrate sometime! :thumbup:
    Recumbents rock!

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    It's funny--I frequent a journal-writing forum in addition to this cycling one, and on both the forums, there seems to be a preponderance of members from the South. I've wondered if it's a manifestation of the well-known Southern hospitality trait--as sociability in this case....

    Anyway, it's great to be able to have contact with so many Southern neighbors!
    On leave of absence as of March 13, 2002. Contact by email.

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    Hi Stumon,

    Good to read your post...hope you enjoy your new found freedom!!!

    Rich
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    Rich

    You "see dead people "

    Huh?? :confused:

    You must see something I don't. Do you work at a mortuary?
    Recumbents rock!

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    Originally posted by AlphaGeek
    Rich

    You "see dead people "

    Huh?? :confused:

    You must see something I don't. Do you work at a mortuary?
    Hey Alpha,

    I think if I did, I'd die right on the spot!!

    He he...Rich
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    Originally posted by Rich

    I think if I did, I'd die right on the spot!!
    Ah, I dunno... There's alot of COOL people there!
    Recumbents rock!

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    Yes, Indeed there are a lot of cool people(bodies) at the mortuary
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    It's starting to get creepy around here!!!
    Making New Zealand a safer place :)

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    hey it's me Trekn, I've already posted my "who are you". But, I have a picture this time
    :cool:

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    Trekn, she doesn't look "old"!
    Recumbents rock!

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    Naw, but you know how it is. No matter how young they are, they still seem like old ladies.
    :cool:

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    Originally posted by Trekn
    hey it's me Trekn, I've already posted my "who are you". But, I have a picture this time
    Trekn,,
    I don't think she is an old lady, and if that is the looks of an old lady for you, I could not imagine how a young lady would looks in your eyes..
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    Just asking, don't get me wrong on this one TrekN!!!!!!!!!!
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    I'm only kidding around... come on... Sometimes young women act like old ladies thats all.. Hey.. I lived near Toronto for a while I was a frequent on Richmond street every Saturday night. Very good Club culture down there. Toronto is like a mini europe... I love it.
    :cool:

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