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Old 11-15-07, 10:56 AM   #1
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Howdy from Rockville, Maryland/WDC

mornin'--

i'm michael.

i recently moved to rockville from smack dab in the middle of dc. my offices relocated (i'm a healhcare analyst--albeit tattooed, a drinker, and smoker-thinking-about-quitting) to r-ville and i couldn't justify a 1.5 hour public transport commute... each way, each day. so i moved to the suburbs. ugh, but:

rock creek park is about 750 yards from my house, and my soon to be bike commute is sweet, 3.5 miles each way.

to that end, i'm here in the fo. i've been on a specialized mtb for years and it has treated me more than well. but now, now it's time for something simple. fast. not flashy. and on a budget.

so i'm thinking ss. and i've done more reasearch and reading on the craigslist forum and other places than i care to mention. i've reasarched less 'spensive frames and ones i desire but can't afford. i've looked into building a rig myself (which i really don't know if i have the skillset to do) and checked into complete bikes.

i think i can spend about $400 right now, maybe a little more, but i'd like to be riding everyday. soon.

so... anyone who has advice... and don't we all have advice? i'll take it. gladly. from framesets to building ideas to telling me to ditch the ss plan altogether to local bike shop recommendations to coming to my house and petting my dog, flannie, while we drink beer and you tell me how, for x $ or tacos or car washes or editing of your dissertation you can help me build a bike. whatever. i'll be happy to take it.

thanks for having me.

a few parting words:
*i'm originally from wisconsin.
*lucero rawks balls.
*my dog is sweet. and naughty.
*and if you're in the wdc area and we ever sit down to have that beer, i'll be the one drinking vodka. cold. and dirty.
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Old 11-15-07, 01:14 PM   #2
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Welcome Michael.

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my offices relocated (i'm a healhcare analyst--albeit tattooed, a drinker, and smoker-thinking-about-quitting) to r-ville and i couldn't justify a 1.5 hour public transport commute... each way, each day. so i moved to the suburbs. ugh, but:

rock creek park is about 750 yards from my house, and my soon to be bike commute is sweet, 3.5 miles each way.

so i'm thinking ss.
Tattoos are ALWAYS good. See my signature.
Hope you can quit the smoking.

SS sounds good. Stop by the SS and Fixed forum, and while you're looking around the forums, introduce yourself in the DC area thread in the Southeast subforum.
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Old 11-15-07, 01:30 PM   #3
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Thanks RonH

sweet tattoos. and thanks for the advice n such.

i don't have pics of my tattoos or i'd share. got 6 tho. and a big one is in the works. dogwood or cherry blossoms on branch up my left arm.

i've been reading the ss/fixed forum. there is a lot of info there, of course. thanks.

i hope to head into an LBS this weekend while my girlfriend is at work. she's sick, i'm sure, of me fantasizing about the change to ss.

hang in,
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Hello 33chance, splendid intro, I will enjoy reading your future posts .

I'm always asking for photos--usually of the bikes, though. But photos of the tats would be great in this case .

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