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    The problem with forums

    The problem with forums, and and with the whole internet, is that everything you say is documented. In a couple of years I'll look at the post you're reading now and I'll think to myself, "did I ever shut up?"

    The answer to this question is no. I talk a lot, and I don't feel bad about it. The reason I don't feel bad is because most of the things that come out of me mouth are questions. In my entire life I have never ridden a bicycle more than 20 miles in one 24 hour period. I own a bicycle now: it's a Huffy from K-mart with a bent rim and worn brakes. The greatest compliment I can bestow on this friend of mine is that I know no one will steal it.

    Thus, the Bicycle Forum documents my life as it is now: a 20 year old college senior with no bicycle experience. I am looking forward to the blessings that will come during my lifetime, and I am looking forward to a whole world of opportunities.

    One of the goals I have for my life is that I want to cross the country on a bicycle. I have no experience, I have no mentor. I have no bike (worth stealing). I've got a long road ahead!

    This is where you come in. You are the salt of the Earth, (it's not the last time I'll quote the Bible out of context) and have all the answers. You, oh esteemed forum member have a wealth of knowledge to share with the less endowed. Thank you for your willingness. I'm going to ask a lot of questions, and you're going to calmly explain the basics. The best of you will even post hotlinks to more resources. Some others will reply with all the wisdom of a lemming. Some of those will include flames. So be it. Some day, thanks to this forum and the endless knowledge base preserved within, I will come back and read this post again, and realize that I have added a little bit to that knowledge base. Maybe it'll be a story of a cross-country ride from the Columbia Gorge to the Capital Mall. That's the wonderful thing about internet, we can see how far we've come.

    Enough of my rambling! Off to gain wisdom!

    -john feeney

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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Ceiliazul
    [B]The problem with forums...

    I have no mentor.


    You do now, John. A whole forum full of mentors.

    I also share your goal.
    The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
    Somerset Maugham

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    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
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    A lot of wisdom from a 20 year old. Articulate too. I like it!

    Welcome to the forums!

    L8R
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    Oh God, He's back! 1oldRoadie's Avatar
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    Let me guess......A PHILOSOPHY major?

    Whoever you are ..WELCOME TO THE ADDICTION!!!!

    We (I) will enjoy your input (unless your a BMX'r or a Mountin' biker)
    I can't ride and Frown!

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Originally posted by 1oldRoadie
    ....snip.....(unless your a BMX'r or a Mountin' biker)
    What have you got agains MTB'rs now Iold?

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    wonderer, wanderer gonesh9's Avatar
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    We (I) will enjoy your input (unless your a BMX'r or a Mountin' biker)
    how can he be a bmx'er? you implied before that bmx'ers can't spell, and he obviously can.
    also, why would his input be any less enjoyable if he were a mountainbiker? we don't want to scare him away by being welcomed with such blatently ignorant, shallow comments.

    anyways, ceiliazul, welcome to the forums. i know i will appreciate your imput regardless of what type of bike you happen to choose to ride. maybe some day we'll be riding the columbia gorge to columbia mall trip you mentioned together, thanks to the forums.

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    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
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    Hey 1old, (thinking name change to 1oldgrumpyroadie is appropriate).

    I'm a mountain biker first and foremost, roadie too, occasional BMXer, and I can spell two. I mean too!

    Watch it old man! j/k, don't get all fired up! Wouldn't want to strain that cardiac muscle at your age.

    (Stirring it up! All in jest.)

    L8R
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    Oh God, He's back! 1oldRoadie's Avatar
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    Just pushing buttons...

    MY grandson is a BMX'r and I love him dearly (other than his choice of bikes)

    and as far as Mountin' bikers go...somebody has to flatten the earth!!!

    TO ANY AND EVERY ONE THAT RIDES!!!!
    I can't ride and Frown!

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    alright!
    cheers to you, 1oldroadie !
    and cheers to ceiliazul !

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    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
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    I'll drink to that!

    L8R
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    Welcome, my soggy friend. You have come to the RIGHT place. I do not profess to have the wisdom you seek, but rest assured that others here most certainly do and will gladly share with you. Anyone seeking more bike knowledge is most welcome here.
    It's no matter, no distance, it's the ride.....Stephen Stills...Throughfare Gap

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