Viva Chicago (and rural Wisconsin)
My name is Brendan and I am from the chicagoland suburbs. I've been a lifelong "casual" cyclist. However, now that I am starting to travel around the city more for volunteer-related work, I've started to pick up street cycling. During the school year, I live in rural Wisconsin. I am a track/cross country runner thru and thru, so I hope to try extending some of my running routes for cycling over the next year (there is a beautiful lake nearby my residence).
I am currently riding an extremely old bicycle that looks to be from the 90s or 80s (80s might be a slight exaggeration). I am saving up my money to purchase to hybrid street/mountain bike.
Once I get a new bike, I'd like to start participating in triathlons, charity events, and long-distance trips. Hence, I have joined the forums. Furthermore, after a few inconvenient run-ins with pesky drivers, I am looking for a place to rant/learn how to cope with jerks-in-cars.