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    Hello from Spencerport, NY

    Howdy from Spencerport NY. New to the forum but not to the world of the human powered transportation. I guess you could say that I’m a born-again rider as I was an everyday commuter (read that as I was stone broke with no cash to fix my van) in my younger days. As a young man, I found the daily bout of ‘Frogger’ with cross town traffic on my 32 mile round trip commute to be ‘stimulating’. Hey, that was 20+ years ago…there were no bike lanes through the city…come to think of it, I still don’t know if there are any in the area I used to live. Besides, flirting with the female motorist made the ride well worth the risk of becoming a hood ornament. Young & stupid but loving every minute of it. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and this was no different…marriage, kids and responsibility. At the insistence of my former spouse, I gave up my daily commute & riding in general.

    Well, time marches on and I find myself back in the saddle, this time older and, perhaps, a little wiser. I quit smoking earlier this year (see, at least a little wiser) & dusted off an old bike in the hopes of staving off at least part of the inevitable weight gain. Little did I know how quickly I would become addicted again…to biking that is. I rode almost everyday this summer, commuting rain or shine…it was pouring to beat the band the other morning…note to self…cutoff shorts & a T-shirt are fine when out for a leisurely ride into town on warm, rainy summer’s day but leave much to be desired when heading to work during a torrential September downpour…OK, so the being a little wiser part may have been overstated. With school in session, my commutes are reduced to 3 days a week as I pick up the kids the other two days. Work is located between home & their schools. There isn’t enough time to backtrack home, pickup the car, then go back. Aside from chauffeuring the kids, I ride just about everywhere else I go.

    My work commute these days is much different than before as I live in a rural area located near the Erie canal. Hence the sleek, sexy, road bike has given way to a sturdy hybrid for the 8 mile, ~30 minute ride along the canal path of packed gravel, crushed stone, & sand. The ride is somewhat grimy but uneventful at best…no more watching for oblivious motorists, no more “kind words of encouragement” from drivers concerned for my welfare, and {sniff ** no more ladies to flirt with. Seems the only excitement these days is an occasional whiff of ode de p-u from a startled skunk. Then again, there is the grit which finds its’ way onto my back, then migrates downward into…yep, fenders are at the top of the ‘to do’ list.

    Any old who…I’m enjoying the heck out of biking again and just wanted to introduce myself. The posts, information, & stories in the forums are great. Nice to see a fair number of Rochester, NY riders hanging out here too. I’ll have to check out some of the local rides, especially the TNUA rides thru the snow. Until then…wishing everyone many safe & happy miles in the saddle!
    "That's how I roll..."

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    SERENITY NOW!!! jyossarian's Avatar
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    Welcome Cowboy! Ever considered a split commute? Drive the bike and kids to school, leave the car in the parking lot, ride your bike to work, then do the reverse going home?
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    The kids live with their mom & take the bus to school...at least the bus is mass transit. I only pick them up after school...unfortunatley, the logistics / cooperation from my former spouse aren't conducive to an everyday ride. This will change in a few years as my oldest heads for college. In the mean time, I'll be patient & consider my non-riding days as recovery periods...just means that I can play...er, ride...a little harder during my commutes!
    "That's how I roll..."

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    Welcome Cowboy!

    I'm here occasionally, but am on it more nowadays since some of my other Forums I post on regularaly are kinda pooping out.

    I live in Roch. and commute as well as riding/leading RBC rides - in fact I was just in Spencerport a few weeks ago with another poster here - hoping to get in on a club ride (Henpeck Park) --- but it was raining cats & dogs --- so the ride didn't go off - so bruce and I continued to ride on, since we were soaked anyways.

    You mention TUNA - I do that as well and can't wait for the October start!

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    Do I use too many commas?
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    Welcome from Franklin, NY!

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    Ms. Tude...you mean to say that are fair weather riders out there? What next! It was 49F & pouring cats & dogs this morning...mine is the only bike in the rack. The kid in me just can't resist riding through the puddles!
    "That's how I roll..."

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    That is one nice thing 'bout where I work --- my bike rides up 5 floors in the elevator and is tucked away safely in an empty back office (our bike garage) where another co worker and I park the bike and change.

    I think my bikes have been spoiled

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