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Old 09-27-04, 12:27 PM   #1
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Greetings from Nebraska

Another Nebraska cyclist here. I ride vehicularly, and encourage others to do so, too! In my town, there are too many cyclists riding on the sidewalks, and too many people who think that I should also be on the sidewalk. I've even heard that I should be riding on the sidewalk against traffic, because that's 'safest'!! Balderdash!

I commute to work only 3 miles each way; my ride of choice currently is a 2000 Terry Flora hybrid, upon which I've placed a Terry Liberator saddle, a Blackburn MTN1+ rack, a bell, and a light. I've ordered fenders, and they should be here soon - I should mention for the good of the order that 24" wheel fenders are almost IMPOSSIBLE to find. But, Wald makes them - in middleweight and balloon sizes.

I'm looking at possibly buying an older Terry Symmetry road bike. It has friction shifters mounted on the downtube, which I find really awkward. Any tips/hints on upgrading the bike?

I've been lurking on the Commuting, Road, General, and Women's boards. Lots of good info to be found here, and I'm glad for Bike Forums!

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Old 09-27-04, 04:46 PM   #2
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Welcome, I am relatively new to the forums as well. Where in Nebraska do you live? I have friends in Kearney, NE which seems like a nice place to live.
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Old 09-27-04, 05:26 PM   #3
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I'm in Lincoln. It's so flat here, that I long to find some hills! Maybe I'll bike out to Kearney!
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Welcome & enjoy the commute lifestyle. I spent part of my childhood in & around Milford. Mom, my sister & I lived there with my grandparents while my dad was in the service during WW2, had several relatives in Lincoln so have lots of memories of your hometown. I remember there were lots of Chestnut trees there which grew clear across the street & formed a shady canopy where my great grandmother lived. Don
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Old 09-27-04, 06:51 PM   #5
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Cycleworks is a pretty cool bike shop there. I spent a morning in there one time. I was impressed by the # of people that rode there bikes into the shop there on a week day. We don't get that sort of action around here.
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Old 09-27-04, 09:43 PM   #6
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Terrific place, Cycleworks. I live about 5 blocks from there, and I often ride my bike directly into the store to ask questions, buy things, etc. Chris is the owner, and a great guy. Also, if you go to Bike Pedalers at 33rd and Randolph, Tyler will sell you one sweet bike! He'll even stop playing hacky-sack while he's doing it, too.

Lincoln seems to have a lot of bike shops, all good except for one that I could name. I wonder if the number is because Lincoln's a university town? I'm originally from South Carolina, where it seemed NO ONE biked, at least around my hometown - Columbia.
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I'm in Lincoln. It's so flat here, that I long to find some hills!
One word: Iowa.

Driven across Iowa more times than I care to remember: Uuuuup, dooooown, uuuuuup, doooown, uuuuup, doooown.....
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Welcome, Infodiva! I live in California, but I'm originally from Kansas. I never rode a bike in Nebraska, but I once had a girlfriend in Holdrege!
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