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Old 05-02-08, 08:59 PM   #1
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Hello from Cleveland!

Hi everyone,
I'm very new to the concept of riding bicycles as my main mode of transportation. I moved from Chicago to Cleveland last year and was accustomed to public transportation and walking as a means of getting around. I couldn't do the same thing in Cleveland and just could not get used to driving a car everywhere. So I came upon a Trek 720 Multitrack from the thrift store for 30 bucks and I've been hooked ever since. Admittedly, I know extremely little about bikes, my own bike, how to actually ride properly, bike culture, etc but I know this forum is a rich resource for such information and I'm looking forward to learning and getting to know lots of people who share my enthusiasm (though, newly found) in bikes.

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Old 05-02-08, 09:37 PM   #2
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Welcome dreamrio!

You'll find that your limited knowledge will quickly be enhanced if you hang out around here very long. Plus there are a lot of good people you can find in your area to ride with if you'd like.
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Old 05-03-08, 06:55 AM   #3
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Hello dreamrio, yes, there are a lot of places here to learn more about all those things you mentioned, plus, you can also go off topic every once in a while just to chat (in Foo).

Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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Welcome to Cleveland

Hi Dreamrio,

I don't run into many people relocating to Cleveland -- usually relocating *from* from Cleveland. Aside from economic/employment opportunity, Cleveland is a much nicer place to live than most people (non-residents) think.

Though born and raised here, I also have one foot out the door. As soon as the house is sold, maybe sooner, I am taking my third child and leaving for the far West to meet up with the rest of the family.

Have been to Chicago a couple of times -- liked it very much.

Since you are relatively new to cycling, here is the best tip I can give you. Look up the Ohio City Bike Co-op. For a nominal fee which includes membership, you can take a series of four bike repair classes (designed for beginners) that will save you a lot of money in bike repairs/adjustments you will learn to do yourself (not to mention the confidence boost). There are also members around all the time who will be glad to help you. A membership here is waaay worth it. I think it's still $80 for classes and membership, $40 for membership alone. It is located in The Flats, so if you're in an outlying suburb, maybe the drive is prohibitive.

Here is the liink to their website:

http://www.ohiocitycycles.org/

Talk to Jim or Pete. They will have the details on all the great work they do if you're interested.

Again, welcome to Cleveland. I'd be happy to answer any questions. I'm guessing you'll like it here.

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