Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Batavia Illinois
Bikes: Steel, carbon, titanium, and lots of turn-of-the-century stuff
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Hello from the Chicago 'burb
Yea, I guess I'm a bike junkie.
I've been into cycling since college. I've got a stable of bikes; everything from steel, titanium, to carbon fiber. That includes a bike with SandS couplers for travel purposes. I've traveled through Shanghai China, the Black Forest of Germany, all over Ireland, France, Italy, Malaysia, India, Singapore, Japan, a little in England, and lots of states here in the U.S. Commuting to work is a great adventure with lots of ways to get there. The Chicagoland area has at least one sponsored club ride close by during the biking season and I participate in lots of them. Last year took me to the Tour of Colorado for six days. Wow, I never knew altitude could affect me so much.
I also am into turn-of-the-century bikes and accessories. I have a Bayless Thomas ordinary (highwheel) and a handful of safeties (two wooden wheels of the same size) from that time period. My collection also includes over 80 turn-of-the-century bicycle lights. They are generally made of nickle-plated brass and used candles, kerosene, or water and carbide to make acetylene gas for fuel.
Favorite biking location - wherever there are smooth roads, rolling hills, few cars, and a warm tailwind.