My name is Chaad, and I'm a 38 year old veteran cyclist who's just today discovered BikeForums. Cool place.
Like many, I suppose, I was in crisis when I got here. I munged-up a bottom bracket cup and needed advice. I posted in Bike Mechanics (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...90#post7334190) and got a helpful reply within minutes. Awesome!
Anyway, I don't ride as much as I used to, and so most of my riding these days is commuting and road rides, although I get on the trail a couple of times a year. I used to MTB race, and have ridden the fast group road rides, but mostly I ride alone.
I've been fascinated with bikes since I was a young kid, and have ridden nearly without interruption since I was 14. When I was 15, I got hit by a car and smashed up my leg pretty good--bone sticking out and everything!--but they screwed it all back together and it got me going again just fine. It was a stupid bike accident, one of those careless maneuvers by a cocksure teenager. I learned my lesson though and have been [KNOCKONWOOD]accident free ever since[/KNOCKONWOOD].
I'm married and have a two year old daughter, and have a wine importing and distributing business (www.uswineimports.com).
I'm glad to be on the boards, and plan to be a regular participant and contributor.