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    I ride bikes... mindlesswacko's Avatar
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    hello from upstate new york!

    It's cold and snowy here in upstate NY (just had 9 feet of snow fall last week about an hour north of me, in Oswego County!!!). But, that hasn't kept me off the roads!! I'm a recent college graduate in Enviro Policy, and an avid cyclist, mechanic, and advocate. I ride road, track, and mountain bikes. I am also a bike mechanic. The only bike I own that I didn't build myself is my 2004 Trek 1500. My other bikes are: a 2005 Fetish Cycles D&S mountain bike (my race bike), a 2005 Fetish Cycles Position track bike (my commuter), and a 2007 Fetish Cycles Discipline mountain bike that I use as my all-weather beater (currently converted to a single-speed for winter ease). Email me if you're interested in the component make-up of those.
    I'm possible moving to the west-coast in the next couple months, which would be great for my biking addiction. we'll see!
    In my free time I teach kids how to mountain bike.

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    Hello mindlesswacko--great name, by the way! I would imagine (after reviewing your information) that you have had many people calling you a wacko , but at least here you are among friends!

    We'll look forward to seeing some more posts from you, and good on you for passing that knowledge onto the kids with the mountain bikes!

    Welcome to BF!

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    Welcome!

    In the Elmira area it is cold, but not too snowy. We got somewhere around 10" to 12" last week, but since then it hasn't been too bad. However, still to cold and snowy for me to ride. Dry and 25deg to 28deg (F) work work for me...
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    I ride bikes... mindlesswacko's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by flatlander_48
    Welcome!

    In the Elmira area it is cold, but not too snowy. We got somewhere around 10" to 12" last week, but since then it hasn't been too bad. However, still to cold and snowy for me to ride. Dry and 25deg to 28deg (F) work work for me...
    I'm in Syracuse myself, and we got around two feet from the nor'easter last wed/thurs, then another six inches from lake effect the next day. I only get out on my winter beater due to the ridiculous amount of salt they use here....it is the "Salt City" after all. oy.
    "In the end, we cyclists all have one thing in common: we love bikes so much that we have a ridiculously good time riding them in circles." -fellow biker Lindsey

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    Quote Originally Posted by mindlesswacko
    I'm in Syracuse myself, and we got around two feet from the nor'easter last wed/thurs, then another six inches from lake effect the next day. I only get out on my winter beater due to the ridiculous amount of salt they use here....it is the "Salt City" after all. oy.
    Yes, well note that I said "dry". Road salt and steel frames and aluminum parts are not a good mix...
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    I ride bikes... mindlesswacko's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by flatlander_48
    Road salt and steel frames and aluminum parts are not a good mix...
    even so, I can't say I treat my winter ride to a desalting wash very often. I did convert it to a singlespeed tho, so I'm not beating up on too many expensive drivetrain components.
    "In the end, we cyclists all have one thing in common: we love bikes so much that we have a ridiculously good time riding them in circles." -fellow biker Lindsey

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