Since I'm often asked this question by motorists and it always gets my attention, I thought I'd try it on you all
First things first..... my name is Mich and I live in San Jose, CA with my wonderful husband Bob (who also rides, yesss!) and the bestest dog in the world Cleo (who doesn't ride, oh well).
My first passion is mountain biking. I ride a Ti hardtail and my favorite trails (for those of you who are familiar with the area) are Soquel Demo (gotta love the Braille Trail!), El Corte de Madera and Waterdog. I LOVE the technical singletracks and also like climbing. Not too good on the fast downhills. No, it's not because I have a hardtail, I think it's because I don't have enough testosterone. hahaha!
I also commute by bike. I work in Newark (20 miles away) and since I have to be at work by 6am, my husband gets out of bed while it's still dark outside and drives me to work with my bike on the rack so I can ride home in the afternoon EVERY DAY! Didn't I tell ya he's a wonderful guy?! My commuter bike is a '96 Breezer Storm that's affectionately called the Frankenbike because hubby and I used old hand-me-down parts from our mountain bikes to assemble it. So at first glance it looks like a regular commuter (rack with a big ole toolkit strapped to it, fender, reflectors, etc) but upon closer look, a bikenut would probably notice the Chris King headset, Mavic wheels w/XTR hubs, 747 pedals, etc. It has taller gears than your typical mountain bike so it's more "road-worthy" and I have 1" slicks on the wheels.
This year my summer was ruined by a careless driver who made a right turn and cut me off. I ended up in the ER and got 30 stitches in my left knee, and later on, at the dentist for a root canal from slamming my mouth hard. From reading other posts, I was lucky in that the driver stopped to help me. Seems like lots of hit-and-run's out there. My dentist said he'd been hit twice and both times the drivers didn't stop. One of them was eventually caught cuz he was fleeing from a robbery! The other driver kept driving even though my dentist's handlebar got hooked onto the car's bumper and other motorists had to force him off the road to make him stop!
I hope all of you ride safe (yet defensively!). My accident hasn't scared me off and I've had many close calls over the years, but I love biking too much to give it up. Looking forward to being on this forum!
Taking a tip from Siu Blue Wind, I too am typing a lengthy passage of text down here to demonstrate the enormous amount of space available should one wish to use it-- in sharp contrast to the avatar text above this part.
Thank you all for the warm welcome! I enjoy this website as many of you are very supportive of each other. I've seen other websites that are infested with "bullies" who cop a mean attitude and they scare me off! Though my hubby says the more attitude they cop onscreen probably means they're weaker as a rider. hahaha!