I worked at a Sonic in Stephenville, TX, at the age of 13 to earn enough money to buy my first ten-speed. I had my first bicycle wreck when I was 16. I still have scares and carry the gravel with me. I did my first 70 plus miles, one way, when I was 17. I wanted to see a boy and I didn't own a car. ;-) After that, I only rode a single-speed bike short distances of five to 10 miles with a baby seat on the back with kids in it. I did my first RAGBRAI in 1986. It was a nightmare. I bought my bike a couple of weeks before the ride, young and foolish. I've continued to ride RAGBRAI; I've also rode across MO., WI., IL., and a week long ride in IN. I also do self-contained rides. I have a mountain bike, three road bikes, and a recumbent. My mileage goal for this year is 4,000 miles. My bicycle is my best friend.