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    Lovin' my Fixie bikeman's Avatar
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    Greetings from Ohio

    Thought I'd drop a note to my fellow bikies. I signed up for BikeForums in September and kind of forgot about it with all the craziness going on. I got the BikeForums Community reminder the other day and thought I'd check out what I'd been missing. This seems to be a really cool place to hang out and I've posted quite a few times in the past few days. I think I'm addicted

    I'm going to hit the big Five-O in April (I think I'm more fit and certainly a better rider than when I was in my twenties and thirties) and I've been riding since my teens. My first bike was a Gitane (French) when I was 14 and I thought I was pretty cool since not many people had a "racing bike" back then. I've been mostly a roadie since, although I have a Cannondale mountain bike that I use when I ride with my sons and daughter. I also have a Cannondale tandem (MTB) set up for the road. My first really nice bike was a Trek 770 from the late 80's that served me well until I upgraded four years ago to a Litespeed Classic. The Trek was converted to a fixed-gear for commuting/training and is a blast to ride. My road miles are on the Litespeed that I love to ride. I upgraded the wheels to Mavic Ksyriums last year (got a super deal from a racer friend - lightly used). Get in about 2500 miles of rides a year, plus the commuting miles - hope for more next year.

    The weather in Ohio is usually nasty for 4-6 months of the year since I live near Lake Erie. Lots of snow to the east of the city (suburb of Cleveland). Decent skiing if you are into that (no downhill for me thank you). I ride with a club in the area and I'm an active member (I do a lot of the work for the club and maintain the web site Cleveland Touring Club ) and ride whenever I can. My lovely wife of 26 years is very understanding and encouraging of my sport (thankfully) and I plan to continue riding as long as I can stay up on the bike. As soon as the days get a little lighter I'll restart the bike commute. I work past 5:30 p.m. and it is a dark ride home (even with lots of light on the bike) on some streets with fast moving traffic. I can handle it in the daylight but would hate to get smacked from behind in the dark.

    Thanks for being such a great group of fellow riders. I really enjoy the international flavor of this board and seeing all the different stories and opinions

    All for now. We'll talk later.

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    RAGBRAI. Need I say more? Steele-Bike's Avatar
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    Welcome aboard, Bikeman! Glad that you decided to stop back for a visit. It is good to have another life-long cyclist on the boards, as I am sure you have plenty of stories and advice to share.

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    The Flying Scot chewa's Avatar
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    Custom (Colin Laing) 531c fast tourer/audax, 1964 Flying Scot Continental, 1995 Cinelli Supercorsa, Holdsworth Mistral single speed, Dahon Speed 6 (folder), Micmo Sirocco and a few more
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    Welcome. Pull up a saddle!
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

    1985 Custom built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
    1964 Flying Scot Continental
    1995 Cinelli Supercorsa
    1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed
    2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
    (YES I LIKE STEEL)
    2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
    2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
    2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1

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    The Female Enduro velo's Avatar
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    I'm glad you decided to stop back in! Don't be afraid to post!
    "....You have to have faith that if you're doing the work now,you'll get there sometime."
    - Nicole Reinhart

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    Let me add to the welcome! Always glad to hear a new voice and point of view. And MERRY CHRISTMAS too.
    ljbike

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    Dances with Rocks Dirtgrinder's Avatar
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    Welcome Bikeman! The weather is bad enough in Missouri in the winter. I don't think I'd want to live up there. But I'll bet it makes you enjoy summer all the more.
    Be careful with that long tail!!!!
    If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough...

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    Lovin' my Fixie bikeman's Avatar
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    Thanks for the greetings folks! Well the day before Christmas the winter came in and is pretty darn cold out there. I'm just glad I don't live in Buffalo, New York where they got something like 25 inches of snow in 24 hours. Ouch!!. I did pick up a wind trainer for my family to use in the basement and I'll be using it too. I can't wait for spring!

    I'll be posting soon and enjoying all my new cycling buds.
    Thanks

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