Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Chicago SW burbs
Bikes: 2 many 2 fit here
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Hello from Fort Collins
My name is Geoff. I'm a systems engineer developing engine controls for industrial natural gas engines; my degree is mechanical engineering.
I currently live in Fort Collins, CO, but I've lived many places on the West Coast and in the Midwest previously.
I first got serious about bikes when I was teen-aged, in the 70's. I rode mid-range 10 speeds for fun & exercise, and had thoughts of bike touring but I never got around to doing that as it turned out. Since starting university I didn't do a whole lot of biking until I moved to Fort Collins a few years ago; where biking to work is a realistic option a lot of the time. I still have my second serious 10-speed, a 1978 Motobecane Grand Jubile, and I am riding it regularly again. My first serious 10 speed was an obscure but very well made Japanese brand, an Empire Professional. In overall quaility I would rate the Empire equal to or actually slightly better than the Motobecane, although I didn't fully appreciate it at time I owned it. The Empire had a Japanese brand of double-butted Cro-Mo tubing, and Shimano 600 equipment all around. I "upgraded" to the Motobecane only because my legs had grown longer since I got the Empire in 1976, hence the 21" Empire frame was starting to feel a little small.
Now that I am commuting to work somewhat regularly, I wanted to take a little pressure off of my beloved Motobecane and afford myself an opportunity eventually to give it a major overhaul, so I recently purchased a 1989 Peugeot Versailles in excellent condition which I intend to ride most of the time. The Motobecane remains my shopping workhorse for the time being; I have installed a set of alloy rims that are somewhat sturdier than the stock 1" Rigidas, with 1-1/4" tires, so I always take the Motobecane for major shopping outings, rather than the Peugeot.. Also, maybe I'm wrong about this, but the Motobecane is showing its age honestly and I expect it is less of a target for theft to a casual thief than the fairly pristine Peugeot. I'm not concerned about theft when I park the Peugeot at work, since it's a closed property.
Well, that was a fairly long-winded introduction, so I'll quit now.