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    Hailing from Edmonton, AB

    Hi!

    I'm new here, and have been scouring this thick forum for the last couple days.

    I'm from Edmonton, AB Canada and just started biking to work last week. Up till the End of Dec 07, I was living in Osaka, Japan for the year. While I was there, I took up the love of not relying on a car. My wife and I biked on our 'flying nun' -style bikes everywhere or sometimes took the train for farther distances. Since being back, I've been reluctant to do much outside with the cold change I've been facing. As soon as it started to warm up I've been biking to work. It's a nice 15km bike ride to work. Right now, I'm using my father-in-law's bike until I figure out what I need / want. Before going to Japan I didn't really bike all that often, so the variety and lifestyle is quite new to me. I'm right now in between getting a cyclo or mountain bike, but I'm doing more research to figure out what compromises I need to make. I've saved up some money, and want to make a good decision that will last some years.

    It's great just being able to bike places whenever possible, and finding out about this forum has been great!

    I have to say thanks to the members of the board already who are making the forum a great resource for newcomers like me.

    Cheers,

    Shivaan

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    I guess I don't have to tell you about EBC and will look forward to meeting you on Tuesday at Bikeworks... and welcome to Bike Forums.

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    Hello Shivaan, I see Sixty Fiver has already made you feel welcome. You must report back to us when you meet him in person--he is one of my favourite members here .

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    Hello Shivaan, I see Sixty Fiver has already made you feel welcome. You must report back to us when you meet him in person--he is one of my favourite members here .

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

    East Hill

    Well shucks EH...

    It was rather funny as I was just talking to Shivaan on the phone then checked BF while I was taking my lunch break and saw his post... small world huh?

    Anyone who rides and commutes in Edmonton should really know their way down to our shop and besides being able to teach folks how to fix and even build up bikes from scratch, we organize a host of social activities too.

    I'm looking forward to Tuesday as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Well shucks EH...

    It was rather funny as I was just talking to Shivaan on the phone then checked BF while I was taking my lunch break and saw his post... small world huh?

    Anyone who rides and commutes in Edmonton should really know their way down to our shop and besides being able to teach folks how to fix and even build up bikes from scratch, we organize a host of social activities too.

    I'm looking forward to Tuesday as well.
    Sounds good, and I await photos .

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    Hey Sixty Fiver and East Hill!

    Definitely excited for tomorrow. It is pretty hilarious how small a world we live in!

    Thanks for the welcome from both of you. The forum has been amazing with helping me on my newbie questions.


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    It's the joy of the internet, to discover how close we can be, and yet sometimes be so far apart. The internet makes it so easy for like-minded people to find each other.

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    EH - I met noire and his lovely wife today and they are the most pleasant of people... noire and I will be working in building him a decent mountain bike / commuter and we managed to hook his wife up with a nice bicycle this evening,


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    Excellent! Which bike did Mrs. noire get? Something vintage, I hope .

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    We are running a little short on vintage bikes at the moment but the season is still young... Mrs Noire just got a simple older department store bike of reasonable quality for a crazy price.

    I told noire that I can also hook him up with some Edmonton riders (my gang) as we do a bunch of off roading and road biking a la vintage, the EBC stages some nice impromptu social rides, and I always help arrange a number of century rides (socials) during the season that anyone in half decent shape could participate in.

    This city is pretty passionate about cycling in all it's myriad forms and in the summer there are few places that can offer a person more... we have a massive parks system that is a joy to ride through and doing this takes the better part of a day. You still won't see it all and there are places that only a few people know about...

    I might just have to break out the mountain bike and take the off road route to work today...






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    Oh man, you have me just about to leap on the MTB and head out the door!

    I hope you introduce noire and Mrs. noire to that trail .

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    I will be introducing noire to this trail after work today so he can test drive his new ride...

    Pictures will be taken fer sure.

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    Hurrah!

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    I also have to say that noire is a pretty lucky guy as his wife seems to be really supportive and I promised to bring him back in one piece...

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    Shivann - Here's that pic... your wife should be pleased I got you back in one piece and I had a blast showing you the trails and singletrack.

    There is so much more to see too.


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    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb View Post

    hehehehehe, Donna was reading my mind !

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    You girls are incorrigible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    You girls are incorrigible.


    We are, aren't we ?

    (not that there's anything wrong with that, eh?)

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    Oh no...that's how I like my girls.

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    Wow! I gotta say, Sixty Fiver is as top-notch a guy as they can get. Firstly, worked some crazy long time and serious effort fixing up a beauty of a ride (well, beast when it's got the mtb tires on ). Still can't believe I acquired it. Then, he takes me on tour of one of the coolest trails I've been on (Not that I've been on many, but hey, I had a permagrin that whole night after!) It started my weekend off perfectly. The trail really makes me appreciate living in Edmonton. I'm hoping to take Mrs. Noire ( ;P ) and my brother to the trail tomorrow. But I'll be opting for shorts this round, jeans and trail just didn't fly so well

    The bike is doing awesome. I went yesterday and grabbed a few things for it like an LED light, a multitool, and a lock. Wow, MEC was crazy busy on Saturday.

    Today, I gave Jenny (the bike's) a good wash down and she's looking even more perty.

    Tuesday will be my first round with the commuter tires on it when I take Jenny to work. YAYE! I get to show off my new gal.

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    We regard Sixty Fiver as a BikeForums treasure . You are lucky to meet him in person! Many of us were looking forward to meeting him on his planned trip to Portland for the NAHBS. Unfortunately for all of us, he hurt his back and could not make it .

    Enjoy your ride!

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