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Old 07-24-07, 07:49 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm a noob. Am I in the right place?

Looks like it.

I'm Kevin, a 26 year old police officer from Spanish Fork, UT (just south of Provo). I'm getting back into mountain biking after several years away. When I was younger, my oldest brother and I biked quite a bit, mostly up in Seattle. Every summer I'd stay with him for a few weeks and we'd hit the trails about every other day. All of my 4 other brothers bike a bit also and we're mostly a split Specialized/Gary Fisher family, except the oldest who has a Kona (he makes the most money too, go fig; but he started with a Rockhopper years ago)

After high school, I fell off the wagon until recently, when my wife decided I needed a hobby. And since I'm a cop, I figured a hobby that promoted fitness would be most appropriate. I'm not much for running and hanging out at the gym so I thought I'd resurrect my enjoyment of biking.

I bought my first bike about a month ago. It's a Gary Fisher Piranha, and I'm super happy with it. Havent' upgraded a lot except for the peddles, and added the basics like water bottle/cage, Serfas HL-1, Blackburn Mars 3.0, Serfas seat wedgie, and Specialized Speedzone Comp computer.

My wife is now starting to think it looks like fun, so it won't be long before we get her something too. Her brother and dad also bike. And as soon as another bike patrol class becomes available, I can start getting paid to ride.

So I just thought I'd say hi and introduce myself!
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Old 07-24-07, 07:59 PM   #2
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Welcome, Kevin. We've got some excellent bike cops here in Portland. It's a great form of community policing. I hope it all goes smoothly for you.
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Old 07-24-07, 08:04 PM   #3
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Hello Kevin, I hope we will see you posting some more here and there as you see fit--it's always good to have an LEO who knows bikes .

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Old 07-24-07, 08:31 PM   #4
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Welcome to Bike Forums.

I learned one manuever from a video on a bike patrol class. When making slow tight turns apply both brakes and keep pedaling. This helps me to perform trackstands at stop signs too.
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Welcome to BF! Quite a few fellow LEO's floating around here if you look in the right spots
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