So, I grew up on bikes. My dad is a cyclist and growing up we always had bikes....His favorite event of the year was in his hometown in MA, the Josh Billings RunAground. In our neighbhood he was the local "bike guy" such that he would raid the scrap metal dumpsters and freebies and piece together bikes for kids and teens, a practice that continued until the past few years. It wasn't uncommon for 3 or 4 bikes to be on our front lawn for $5, $10, or $15 with a coffee can set next to the for the $ to go into. My dad typically went riding once or twice a week and when I was about 11 or 12 I started going along regularly... after my parents went a couple times, we even did the Le Tour de l'Île de Montréal together with my brother and sister. At times we had at least 10 bikes hanging up in the garage including my folks Santana Visa. For me, my brother's old peugeot 10 speed, and an '86 bridgestone 300 later I actually got into pretty good shape and did a couple of biathalons when I was around 12-14 and between my runners 6min miles and my 18mph we did pretty well for a couple of kids. Around that time I sold my dirt bike, and my swap-meet early Jamis (with those odd roller brakes) and bought my first new bike, a 1995 Gary Fisher Montare. A bit later Dad and I came across a Specialized M2-pro frame at a bike swap and were very impressed by how light it was... Dad had replaced his Peugeot PG10 with a newer (at the time) Allez, so we put it together for me with stuff Dad had accumulated. I did one XC mountain bike race and decided I would rather go fast and not hurt everywhere, so mostly stuck to the road bike except to commute, which is what the mountain bike was for. We had one paved road in our town other than the state hwy so I used the MTB as transportation to my first job quite often, about 7 miles each way. Late teens was mostly consumed by VWs (purchased with $ from said job) and at 19 I moved 1100 miles away down to TN for school, decided to stay after graduating, got married, and haven't ridden either one of them more than a mile or two since. This past week I've had some time on my hands and decided to clean up my road bike since the aluminum had oxidized and there was 10+ year old dead bugs stuck to it from it's last trip on a roof rack. So, I think I'll try riding again... though I now live in a town with paved roads, I still have to travel a little (maybe 10min) to find a nice road with a shoulder to ride on... but I think I can squeeze in some time to ride. At least, until it's too hot out to think let alone ride a bike.
yeah, so anyway... Hi.