Riding my bike is one of my oldest interests, but it's one that I unfortunately don't do nearly often enough. There's a wide variety of reasons why I neglect my bikes, but chief amongst them is that I don't have very many friends who share the hobby. My goal in joining this forum is to subject myself to more bike culture, to get myself excited about riding more often. Also, I've enjoyed lurking in the vintage bike thread, and I'm excited to take part in those discussions.
A bit about myself as a bicyclist: My first bike was an 16" BMX that I rode around in the kitchen of our house. While I've owned a couple mountain bikes in my life, my passion during junior high and high school was 20" bikes. I used to ride flatland BMX on a highly modified bike that I spent way too much money on. In addition to that, I've built lowriders and make-shift choppers. During my first few years of college, I lost a lot of my fire for riding (mostly because it was very inconvenient on our campus), and by the time I finally got back into it, I found myself a lot less excited about BMX and gimmick bikes. However, years of riding single speed bikes left me with a lingering appreciation for simplicity, which drew me into the realm of old 3 speeds. I've fixed up a couple, and fallen in love with them. Since then I have branched out and gotten a ten speed and a 5 speed, with the normal derailur set up, but I love the simplicity and reliability of old Strumey-Archer hubs. Also, the aesthetic sensibility is great.
Outside of biking, I'm a musician. I play bass and sing in my band. I like obnoxious grating experimental pop music.
This is much longer than I intended. Here's my most recent yard-sale find: