First of all, I'm sorry for the occasional misspelling. There is an 18 month old wee tot falling asleep between me and the Macintosh laptop which only has dial-up service. I'm not a Luddite, just some one who does not need more velocity on the information superhighway. Besides, I rode over the AutoRoute (French superhighway) back in 1983 and when I looked down it was like a parking lot with all the cars stuck going nowhere. The Departmental ("county or prefecture") and Communal ("township") roads had plenty of attractions. In the Languedoc, which is a region facing the Mediterranean ("Middle Earth", no less!) Sea, you could mosey around on a road bike, stop in town squares to get water at the fountain, buy baguettes, chocolate and soft cheese. Ah, those are the recollections of a father of two who recalls his young self wearing a size 2 short and size 2 jersey back in 1982-1983 in Montpellier, France. Just like Sanscrit, it's not coming back again.
In the present, I have recently become a stay-at-home dad. That job name has more testosterone than "home maker" which is probably the life insurance description of my new vocation. My wife and I have a six year old son and a year-and-a-half old daughter. I want my kids to love bicycling the way I did all of a sudden when I spent a college year abroad.
We live in the middle of North Carolina-- I know you can tell by my accent in English and in French. My road bike was made in Grenoble, France under the brand name "Liberia" and sold to me by Monsieur Pascal Blazy of Cyclesports Blazy on the rue de l'Odeon, downtown Montpellier. He wouldn't recognize it today because in 1985 and 1986 I swapped out everything on the frame except the fork... and maybe the headset. Oh the days (O les beaux jours!) when I could get everything cheap working at Performance Bicycle Shop and I was the only person on the 1040 EZ form.
Nowadays I am riding a Panther Carbonore 24 speed MTB. I enjoy riding with my two kids, mostly on neighborhood streets and city trails.
Please send replies at your leisure. I'm sure I will do some head scratching while I try to figure out how to read them and to reply. Best wishes from Neal in North Carolina.