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    cycle-powered nathank's Avatar
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    Mar 2002
    Munich Germany (formerly Portland OR, Texas)
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    '02 Specialized FSR, '03 RM Slayer, '99 Raleigh R700, '97 Norco hartail, '89 Stumpjumper
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    Howdy from an American in Munich Germany


    I'm an American originally from Texas (but I claim Oregon more as my 'home')

    I've been in voluntarily working in Munich Germany since May 2001 employed as a software engineer. why? just to try it out... my ancestors came from Germany about 120-150 years ago and i studied German in high school and i just had an interest in living abroad, so i decided to give it a try... i'll be another 1-3 years i think...

    Massachusetts 9 months (2000-'01)
    Portland Oregon 3 years ('97-2000)
    Texas - Austin, Dallas, Houston (-1997)

    i currently own 3 bikes:
    1) '98 Norco Torrent hardtail - everything's been replaced at least twice - i ride this bike about 90% of the time for off-road and most commuting
    2) '99 Raleigh aluminim racing bike w/ Campi/Sachs
    3) '89 Stumpjumper - my 'old' mountain bike turned city bike that i really only ride when a friend visits or i'm afraid of theft late at night

    ...and i've been contemplating buying a full suspension for about 2 years now, but they're so heavy (except the really expensive ones)

    i currently commute to work about 10km(6.2 miles) each way, averaging about 4.5 days/week... about 90km/week

    i've been regularly commuting by bike since about 1996.

    i used to keep track of my miles, but now with 3 bikes it's harder, but i guess i've consistently ridden over 5,000km per year for the last 4 years. and plan to continue for the next few years at least...

    plus i do some racing although i was never up to the pro level and i'm not as competitive as i was a few years ago...:
    ** XC mountain bike racing (Sport class)
    ** times Hi-Tech Adventure Race (Portland '98, California '98, best finish: 9th in Portland '99 as the #1 non-pro team)
    ** Sea2Summit 100 mile point-to-point race '99 (Vancouver to Whistler BC)
    ** 3 triathlons (Oregon Xterra off-road '99)
    ** assorted off-road duathlons (MTB/trail running)
    ** a few assorted winter races - snowshoe/crosscountry skiing duathlons
    ** ski touring race Jan 2002 in German Alps with 1950m (6500ft) vertical
    ** various trail running and some road running races
    ** some road bike racing (US Cat IV)

    in addition i do lots of other sports:
    ski touring
    rock climbing
    downhill skiing
    cross country skiing

    pretty much any sport outdoors that's active and doesn't involve motor vehicles i probably do...

    this summer i'm hoping to do an Alp Crossing ride of 6-10 days riding from southern Germany through the Alps to northen Italy - there are many routes, but i'm looking for the one with the most singletrack

    plus i'll probably do a week bike tour in Italy/

    i've been almost car-free (meaning it sat in the driveway most of the time) for 3 years and totally car free for 9 months (although it's easier in Germany with the train)

    anyhow, i guess that's some info there...

    if anyone's in Bavaria, i'm always looking for people to ride with or ski touring or climbing or whatever


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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Jan 2001
    Not far from the Withlacoochee Trail. 🚴🏻
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    Welcome to BF. Sounds like you stay busy and are having a great time enjoying life. :thumbup:

    One of my co-workers read your intro and is jealous. He is 29 and has been to Switzerland 2 or 3 times. He would like to live there (or almost anywhere in Europe) but has no marketable skills. Too bad.

    When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. Arthur Conan Doyle

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    It's only a hill. Weasel's Avatar
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    Welcome on board Nathank. Another one from Southern Germany! You are definitely in the right place, I'm not - no hills up here Still, are you doing the Gardasee Bike Festival this year? You are only a couple of hours away - you lucky so and so!
    If you want spectacular results, you have to know how to treat your bike badly.

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