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    Hello to this Forum from Boston

    Hello to this Forum,

    I stumbled upon this Forum from another totally unrelated Blog and I was quite impressed at the volume of activity and range of interests. Back in the 60’s in the Motor City, I had an “English Racer,’ and longed to tour at about age 14, but then joined the car culture. In Ann Arbor MI in the 70’s I really realized the utility of bicycles for commuting, and began touring on a five-speed Schwinn Suburban, but soon bought a Mercier as did my girlfriend, later my wife. We toured in Michigan and Ontario.

    In 1977 we moved to Boston on our bikes, as a bicycling honeymoon from Los Angeles to Washington, DC and then took the train up to Boston. We have toured in New England and the Maritime Provinces, and one trip to the DelMarVa peninsula. The Mercier wore out and now I ride a Bridgestone RB-1 purchased in about 1991. After the birth of our son in 1988, I have pretty much been a year–round commuter only, but in the past few years I have done a century or two a year and I follow a ten week training program for centuries published long ago in Bicycling Magazine.

    I have a really great commute that belies, IMO, the image of Boston as a city unfriendly to bicycling. I live in Downtown and ride to a suburb 14 miles distant in the reverse traffic commuting pattern. Then in the evening, I take my bike back to Boston on a commuter rail train, since the train is empty on the reverse commute. The Train Station is about 3 minutes from work, the Downtown Station is about three miles from home, and the train ride is about one-half hour long. For those who commute in the regular direction, I feel your pain, but my half-commute is so tolerable, that I miss only a few days during the entire year, usually because of rain. I furthermore usually leave home before 6:00 AM, and this is my idea of Peace on Earth. To train for a century, I just do ever-lengthening routes to work.

    I have been perusing this site for a few weeks and I have had several comments to make so I hope to make useful contributions to future discussion threads, as well as glean from the comments of others.

    Sincerely,

    Jim from Boston

    Addendum: Since joining Bike Forums, I have also ridden on the Second Annual Fifty Plus Ride at Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes Region in 2010 in conjunction with the (NY) Southern Tier Bicycle Club; and with the Third Annual Ride in Chelsea MI in 2011, called "One Helluva Ride," sponsored by the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

    Also since subscribing, I have adapted to riding my Cannondale Mountain Bike in rain and winter precipitation, including on icy roads, thanks to advice from the Forums.

    Second Addendum: On June 1, 2012 I was hit from behind by a car while commuting home on a Friday evening. I was off work for three months, and off the bike for five. See this post, “One of our own was hit Friday Night,” with my first reply a few weeks later:

    Quote Originally Posted by dnuzzomueller View Post
    Just felt that I should let people know that Jim From Boston, was hit Friday Night while commuting home from work. He is "Okay" from what I have heard, no nerve damage but several major bone breaks…

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    Dear fellow cycling commuters,

    This my first opportunity to correspond with the Forums since my accident June 1 and I am grateful for all the posts to this thread wishing me well…
    The Bridgestone was totaled in the accident, and in April of 2013, I bought a Specialized S-Works.

    Third Addendum:
    On 7/28/13, I was the "host" for a Fifth Annual Fifty-Plus Ride held in the Metropolitan Boston area.

    Fourth Addendum:
    On 7/26/14, we did the Sixth Annual Fifty-Plus Ride again in Boston.

    Fifth Addendum:
    We did the Seventh Annual Fifty-Plus Rides in Chelsea, MI on 7/11/15, and in Raystown, PA on 10/10/15.

    See also this summary:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    I often recall how BF played such a vital part in getting me out on the street and in better health....

    What about you? What role did BF play in getting you out on two wheels?
    I have been an avid cyclist, as a lifestyle since about 1972; self-described year-round commuter, occasional centurian (in-training during the nice weather), and former cycle tourist, including a cross-country ride…”Road Warrior” is my self-applied nickname. I happened serendipitously on Bike Forums in 2008, and it was frankly incredible to find a community that shared so many concerns I had kept to myself as a lone cyclist.

    This enthusiasm has definitely increased my enjoyment of cycling. As far as improving it, what I have gotten directly from BF are:

    • the motivation and tips to ride in rain, and wintry roads, i.e. studded tires
    • the Fifty-Plus Annual rides that motivate me to train in the nice weather
    • the safety tip to watch the front wheels of a car rather than the body or hood to anticipate what the driver is going to do
    • the opportunity to post and literally "journal" my thoughts and activities about cycling and lifestyle (even if nobody else reads them), but which I wouldn't write down otherwise.

    So thanks for the opportunity, gerv.
    Last edited by Jim from Boston; 10-21-15 at 09:10 AM. Reason: Added Summary

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    Hi Jim, it sounds as if you never let go of your love of cycling! Glad to have you here to contribute .


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

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    Hi Jim, welcome to BF! That's quite a riding schedule/commute you have! I live in Cambridge. Check out the regional forum http://www.bikeforums.net/northeast/ and also this Boston-area one Greater Boston Roll Call!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    Hello to this Forum,

    I stumbled upon this Forum from another totally unrelated Blog and I was quite impressed at the volume of activity and range of interests. Back in the 60’s in the Motor City, I had an “English Racer,’ and longed to tour at about age 14, but then joined the car culture. In Ann Arbor MI in the 70’s I really realized the utility of bicycles for commuting, and began touring on a five-speed Schwinn Suburban, but soon bought a Mercier as did my girlfriend, later my wife. We toured in Michigan and Ontario.

    In 1977 we moved to Boston on our bikes, as a bicycling honeymoon from Los Angeles to Washington, DC and then took the train up to Boston. We have toured in New England and the Maritime Provinces, and one trip to the DelMarVa peninsula. The Mercier wore out and now I ride a Bridgestone RB-1 purchased in about 1991. After the birth of our son in 1988, I have pretty much been a year–round commuter only, but in the past few years I have done a century or two a year and I follow a ten week training program for centuries published long ago in Bicycling Magazine.

    I have a really great commute that belies, IMO, the image of Boston as a city unfriendly to bicycling. I live in Downtown and ride to a suburb 14 miles distant in the reverse traffic commuting pattern. Then in the evening, I take my bike back to Boston on a commuter rail train, since the train is empty on the reverse commute. The Train Station is about 3 minutes from work, the Downtown Station is about three miles from home, and the train ride is about one-half hour long. For those who commute in the regular direction, I feel your pain, but my half-commute is so tolerable, that I miss only a few days during the entire year, usually because of rain. I furthermore usually leave home before 5:00 AM, and this is my idea of Peace on Earth. To train for a century, I just do ever-lengthening routes to work.

    I have been perusing this site for a few weeks and I have had several comments to make so I hope to make useful contributions to future discussion threads, as well as glean from the comments of others.

    Sincerely,

    Jim from Boston
    1995 Cannondale T400, 1980's Bianchi Strada, 1998 Trek 1200, Bickerton Folding Bike

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    Nice introduction. I should write one about myself. We have a fair bit in common. I lived in Boston and cycled there extensively. I also worked at the Bicycle Workshop on MIT campus. Maybe you were a customer of mine back in 1980 or 1981.
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    @Jim from Boston, took me a while to figure this thread out. Welcome to BF!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    @Jim from Boston, took me a while to figure this thread out. Welcome to BF!!
    It’s about time…I’ve been on Bike Forums since 2008! FYA, I reconnected with deburn above, just this summer since I remembered his name.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    Hi deburn,

    … I know you are not new to the area because when I wrote an Introduction to Bike Forums when I joined in 2008, you wrote a gracious welcoming post, but I’ve not seen posts by you since.
    BTW, if I may reciprocate to you, see this post.

    Jim

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    this is hysterical
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Glad you're still here, Jim!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    In Ann Arbor MI in the 70’s I really realized the utility of bicycles for commuting, and began touring on a five-speed Schwinn Suburban, but soon bought a Mercier as did my girlfriend, later my wife. We toured in Michigan and Ontario.
    What a coincidence that your wife and girlfriend both ride the same bikes. Do they ride together?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    The Mercier wore out and now I ride a Bridgestone RB-1 purchased in about 1991.
    I had an 1988 RB4 (wrecked, sadly.) Awesome bike ... way better than a Schwinn Suburban.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    I have adapted to riding my Cannondale Mountain Bike in rain and winter precipitation, including on icy roads, thanks to advice from the Forums.
    Lol, I'd advise against that. I have had more than enough cold rain to satisfy me in this life. Good for you if you can tolerate it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    Second Addendum: On June 1, 2012 I was hit from behind by a car while commuting home on a Friday evening. I was off work for three months, and off the bike for five. See this post, “One of our own was hit Friday Night,” with my first reply a few weeks later: The Bridgestone was totaled in the accident, and in April of 2013, I bought a Specialized S-Works.
    Now that just sucks ... or half-sucks, because you got a new S-Works. But those Bridgestones .... Solid and dependable commuters in all conditions.

    Sorry I didn't do nested quotes in your honor ... maybe after the next cup of coffee.

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    anyone know how to find your 1st post? I doubt mine was anywhere near as articulate
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
    …Sorry I didn't do nested quotes in your honor ... maybe after the next cup of coffee.

    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    anyone know how to find your 1st post? I doubt mine was anywhere near as articulate
    Hi @Maelochs and @rummrunn,

    Thanks for those greetings to this old introduction to BF from 2008.

    FYA, I recently wrote about my posting style. rr6, since you asked, my first post to BF after this Introduction, was on 7/14/08. You may find it amusing, since you are a fellow Metro Boston cyclist, and as you previously posted to my thread last January,

    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    this is hysterical
    Quote Originally Posted by robsolete View Post
    Bitter Bostonian joins the ranks

    Hey all,

    My name's Rob. Been commuting around The Bean for about three years now, getting my stripes. So I figure I should come to the internets to say hello.

    To stereotype, I'm about 40% fixed gear kid, 40% three-speed dork, 10% spandexerrific, and 10% crazy winter commuter.

    And that's about it, I suppose. . .
    My reply (not nested):

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    Pronoid pedalist

    Hi robsolete,

    I once heard that the opposite of a paranoid is a pronoid, i.e. someone who believes the world is organized for their benefit. I just introduced myself to this forum today, praising the cycling here in Boston (living in Kenmore Square) and how I've organized my riding to enjoy it. On Saturday I did a beautiful century up the North Shore Coastline, though I admit such fine weather is a limited treat.

    See also a recent posting to the General Cyling Discussion Group entitled, "Impressed by Massachusetts Bicycle Setup." Impressed by Massachusetts Bicycle Setup

    Sincerely,

    Jim from Boston
    In a much later post, written this year I wrote:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    Consider me as Metro Boston's Ambassador to BikeForums.

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