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Old 12-30-07, 11:45 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 12-30-07, 11:48 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Highwheel
Favorite biking location - wherever there are smooth roads, rolling hills, few cars, and a warm tailwind.
So you like heading up to Wisconsin, too?

Welcome Highwheel!

Lots of us in the Fox Valley area on the board. Check out the Great Lakes sub-forum here and look for threads with BFNIC* in the title.

*Bike Forums Northern Illinois Chapter. Not a real club, but we do ride together throughout the year.
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Old 12-30-07, 12:47 PM   #3
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Hello Highwheel, we have been looking for someone with an ordinary for Classic & Vintage for a long time! There are quite a few of us who will look forward to learning more about the bicycle lights, too.

Oh, happy day !

Welcome to BF!

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