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Old 07-23-08, 03:18 PM   #1
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hello from bakersfield,ca

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My name is Eric. I live in Bakersfield. I have been riding bicycles all my life. BMX as a kid, and mountain bikes as an adult. The bike that I am riding is a Pacific yx5500 that I bought at Wal-mart 13 years ago. When I bought it I was broke(still am) and needed a way to get to work. At that time, I didnt have a drivers license. I rode it for 5 years before I got a license and a good job. I stopped riding it and left it growing weeds in the back yards for about 8 years. During that time, I lost the use of my legs due to vasculities, a immune disorder that damaged the nerves in my hands and feet. In the past 3 years I have gone from a wheelchair to walking with a cane and ankle braces. I have gotten out my old Pacific once more as a form of therapy and a means of saving money. My pick up is breaking down and I would like to drive it less. When I first got sick, we bought the kids Electra bicycles. My wife told me then that if I was able to walk again she would buy me a new bike. I am walking and biking again, so I am holding her to it. I hope to ride my pacific POS till I can save enough money for a real bike. I have been looking at the Schwinn Sierra.Nice to meet you all, see you in the community.
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Old 07-23-08, 03:23 PM   #2
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Hi Eric,
welcome, and great that you can walk and ride again. I hope your wishes come true very soon and you can enjoy a new bike.
I am new as well, from Texas. Been riding for about 30 years.
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Old 07-23-08, 03:30 PM   #3
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Awesome story, thanks for sharing. Sounds like you deserve a bike. Take some time to vist the shops in your area, see what is out there in your budget and then get back to us with any questions.
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Hello Eric, that determination will serve you in good stead. It's great to hear that you are back to being able to walk, and yes, your wife does owe you a bike .

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Thank you all for the warm welcome. I look forward to a long stay. I have many questions east hill. should i send them im a PM?
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