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Old 12-20-01, 10:31 AM   #1
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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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Old 12-20-01, 12:13 PM   #2
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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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Old 12-21-01, 02:33 AM   #3
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Old 12-21-01, 05:37 PM   #4
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I'm glad you decided to stop back in! Don't be afraid to post!
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Old 12-21-01, 06:08 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 12-21-01, 06:10 PM   #6
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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!!!!
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Old 12-26-01, 10:34 AM   #7
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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.
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