Always been on wheels. Got my first two wheeler about age four, man that raleigh bullet flew. Went through a BMX phase about age 7 (I've got cross bar scars 'down there' to prove it), mountain bikes came to this country c.1988 at which point I got one. Have had 4 in total. In recent years two left me via a five finger discount.
Currently riding a modest hardtail TREK 6000 w/
Deore XT front disc
Deore V rear
RS Duke SL fork
Mav X517 Rims
Shimano group set w/ STX RC rear mech (old I know)
All perched on a nice pair of 'Fat boy' Michelins. (Maxxis MOFO XC's for the winter)
I've got a nice pair of Cateye 12 + 20w halogen for the night trail.
Man I know she's not the creme de la creme, but to me she's the nectar of gods.
I'd probably have a road bike if I could afford to own and maintain one but priorities are priorities!!
Where do I ride?
Unfortunately most of my time is spent traversing Dublin city. You might not think it but its not a place for the faint hearted. It's always been a tough city to stake your claim on, but in recent times what with our latest joke for public transport, the construction of the - 'LUAS' - tram system has reduced the city to a post war scenario.
Also the cycle lanes introduced a few years ago are actually dangerous. 60% of Dublin motorists won't recognise them and 90% of people outside the pale (the rest of the country outside of urban Dublin) don't know what they are!!
Anyway enough 6itchin' at least its a good place to hone your skills.
Off trail for me is mostly the Dublin/Wicklow mountains with a bit of the Slieve Blooms thrown in. I wish I could get abroad more with the bike but people around here who are willing and able are few and far between.
My pet hate:
A common sight in Dublin. Bikes on rails with one or two wheels folded. A result of silly drunken boys, or, more commonly, when the lock was too tough for the thief and they decieded to leave a calling card out of spite. At least nick the damn thing and get some use out of it!!
Most embarasing moment?
For anyone who knows Dublin, I was approaching Baggot St. juntion along the Grand canal heading for Ringsend. Picture this: about 08:30, rush hour, damp greasy road, long stagnant queue of traffic. Me coming about 25mph along the inside on my summer semi-slicks. Car too close to kerb, I went to clear the kerb, instead clipped it. The front wheel skimmed it for about 5m and then %^&E%&%^&(!! wipe out. Must have slid for about another 10m on my hands (w/gloves thankfully). Got up, reclaimed my bike, showed my gloves to the -make up artists/ taxi drivers/ nose diggers/ MPV mothers- stunned crowd, took a bow and went on my way!
That was about 2-3yrs ago and I still cringe thinking about it.
Coming down a trail about 40 approaching a nice medium bend and getting the back wheel loose on the gravel. Yep that just about does it for me, providing I'm still on the bike of course!
Computers and tech. I'm not a gadget boy, I just like things that are actually useful, and can get the job done better than before, microsoft...hmmm. Films, reading, music, travel. I have a general interest in physics and existence in general, I suppose that sort of bleeds into philosophy. And etc. etc.
Sorry I couldn't post any pictures as my camera now belongs to some one who I neither gave or sold it to Perhaps sometime in the future.
I'm not really a quote person but...
'There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue.'
Get out there and ride