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Old 11-28-08, 05:47 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

Please indulge me on the subject line. I'm not a Stones fan, though about the right age for one.

I've been riding two-wheelers since about '66, if my older sister's 20-incher counts, and grinding gears since leaving behind both Sturmey and Archer back in '79. My thanks to Warren Ruhl, a cyclist who introduced me to derailers and showed me how to repack and adjust bearings that spring in Norfolk, Va. We never rode together, as I recall, but he also introduced me to helmets and strategies for mapping backstreet bike routes in urban areas. May he ride in joy, wherever he is!

After a few years in the NYC/NJ area - less fun riding there - I moved north and rode sporadically for a decade or two. Living on the edge of suburbia now, I'm trying to ride more. I broadened the gearing on my old Bridgestone RB-1 this summer to help on the hills, picked up an old mountain bike as a beater and grocery-getter, and at the urging of my wife (oh, I love her so!) bought a Bushnell tandem. That's how I came to be Captain.

And Cranky, well, that's permanent, I'm afraid.

Alan M

In the crossroads of Eastmor, hamlet of Wynantskill, town of North Greenbush, state of confusion... errr... New York
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Old 11-29-08, 09:58 AM   #2
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Your story is interesting, you must be older than me if you've been riding since '66.
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Old 11-29-08, 04:31 PM   #3
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'66 was LATE!!!

Hahaha! My Dad was terribly frustrated that I started riding so late!

When I was 5 I was facinated with my brother's bike, so my Dad bought a derelict at auction and rehabbed it for me, as he'd done for my brother and sister before me. Vivid memories of him toiling over it in the carport! I hated RIDING it, though, so much so that he sold it in disgust when we moved in the summer of '66.

A couple of months later, my sister left her bike around the corner from our house while playing with friends, and I picked it up and rode it home. We competed for it through the fall. In the spring she and my brother got new (!) Sears 3-speeds, and I got my brother's 24". EeeeeHaa! Three years later, I saved for my own Sears 3-speed, and the world was my highway.

Pushin' 50 these days, and not with a very long stick, either.

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