Hello from Folsom California.
First, I'd like to thank you for giving us a place to come to for all things bicycle. I was born and raised in San Francisco California, where I became hooked on bicycling from a real young age. First bike was a candy apple green Schwinn Stingray, with the butterfly handle bars and banana seat. When I grew out of the Stingray, I graduated to a Schwinn 10 speed Varsity in the same candy apple green, don't you know?
As time went by with high school and the summer of love I got side tracked and ended up puting more time into Wing Chun and other styles of martial arts. Later when i got into my early twenties I got another Schwinn and road the heck out of that bike till I couldn't fix it any more.
While training and later teaching I meet an older dude that was a real bicyclists. It's like that's all he rode! Didn't have a car for a very long time. Well anyhoo, he had a bunch of bike he was always working on. One day he let me come to his home to train and there was no room in the garage, just bike stuff every where. While in the garage I saw a really nice Eddy Merick road bike that I just had have. A little cash and a lot of privet lessons later and I got to take it home.
Not knowing what I had, I later sold it to a student for a heck of lot more then it cost me, dang! I really regret that dum move to this day. I'm sure y'all know what that's like, we all make dum moves when your young and dum and full of "explict"!!!
I ended up with a Centurion Dave Scott Triathlon. Sold that and got a Gray Fisher Big Sur and that's what I've been riding around since around 1997. Now with the aid of this wounderful bike forum, I just purchased a 2006 Fuji Roubaix yesterday.
I'm no spring chicken, but none the less I'm going work myself up to nice long mellow rides, with a little spirited biking thrown in of course. I've been living in Folsom California for the past three years and there plenty of great bike paths and roads to discover. I'm a husband of 17 years come 9-11-06 and a dad to two wouderful girls, seven and three. So, I got to ride early in the moring and early in the eveing.
Well, that's all I have to say about that!