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    smooth roads and blue skies

    Hello everybody! I'm the original owner of a Nishiki Riviera GT that I still care for and adore. My son is turning 16 this month and I'm buying him a new 2009 Fuji Touring/Road bike. I persuaded the bike shop to let him help build it as his introduction to mechanics and upkeep!

    My style of riding is to grab my driver's license, water bottle, $20, and my Pennsylvania and New Jersey maps and start riding. When I get 35 or 40 miles away from home I usually turn around. Sometimes I go a little further and realize I'm going to run out of energy or daylight, so I have to look at the maps and try to figure out the best route home!

    My other interests are science and technology, aviation (I'm an instrument-rated private pilot), and nutrition (I'm nutrient-dense vegan).

    I wish you all smooth roads (unless you prefer bumpy terrain) and blue skies!

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Welcome to BikeForums.
    Hope your son enjoys the new bike. You'll be envious.
    Just one question -- why do you grab your driver's license when you go riding?
    My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---
    2013 Cannondale CAAD 10 2 "Racing Edition"--The bike shop owner said it's toast. R.I.P.

    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Welcome to BikeForums.
    Hope your son enjoys the new bike. You'll be envious.
    Just one question -- why do you grab your driver's license when you go riding?
    With that kind of mileage I think I would bring along my passport!
    Fuji S10S, Trek 1.1

    "The bicycle, in the hands of a novice, is as alert and acute as a spirit-level in the detecting of delicate and vanishing shades of difference in these matters. It notices a rise where your untrained eye would not observe that one existed; it notices any decline which water will run down." -Mark Twain, "Taming the Bicycle"

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    Always carry ID. You never know if something good or bad is going to happen. Bad: accident severe enough to need help identifying myself. Good: Best cycling high ever finally flips a switch in my brain and I never return from cycling happy land!

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    I didn't notice your passport comment initially. GOOD IDEA!!

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eliz B. View Post
    Always carry ID.
    I never carry anything as important as my driver's license. What if I lose it??? Hmmm. Potential ID theft.
    I ride with my RoadID. Tells police, EMTs and ER people who I am and who to call. No big deal if I lose it.
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    2013 Cannondale CAAD 10 2 "Racing Edition"--The bike shop owner said it's toast. R.I.P.

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    Ron, you're definitely smarter than I am. I don't want to stand in line at PennDOT any more than absolutely necessary. I'll make myself a little "cycling" ID card! Wanna hear how remarkably dumb I can be? When I first earned my pilot's certificate, I carried it around with me all the time (on the off-chance that somebody might want to see it). Happily, there were no negative consequences to my goofiness, I realized it belongs with my logbook in my flight bag, and that was that. IT LEARNS! (...albeit inefficiently and slowly most of the time....)

    So, my son built (as an apprentice to the bike shop mechanic) his FUJI touring bicycle on Friday, and we rode a good bit this weekend. He's suffering typical "new saddle" adjustment issues... After our initial ride we tilted his handlebars further down and we moved his saddle forward and tipped it down a couple notches. I am a bit jealous of his shiny, new bicycle; but I LOVE my classic Nishiki Riviera GT (made in Japan!), and I still think I have better wheels and tires than my son does. (I built mine more than 15 years ago, but they're still awesome!)

    Anyway, we're looking forward to some serious riding this summer. Blue skies and smooth roads to you!

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