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    Newbie PapaAlan's Avatar
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    Mar 2002
    Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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    New from North Carolina


    I participated in the old Bicycle Forum that Bicycle Bob hosted. After he could no longer keep it going, I missed it, but I had forgotten about it. This morning I was cleaning up my Internet Explorer Favorites and clicked on the Bicycle Forum entry before I deleted it and came to the current incarnation. I am glad to see the forum back.

    I live in Charlotte, NC, USA. I am 51 years old and have been doing some bike commuting since I was in my late twenties. The last several years, I have gotten fairly serious about it. I commute at least half of the time to work by bike, year-round. My commute is seven to nine miles (11 - 14.5 km) each way depending on my route. Our winters are fairly mild - our coldest morning this past winter was 19 degrees F (-7 C) - so year-round cycling is relatively easy.

    Charlotte would probably go on a list of Worst US Cities In Which to Cycle, but things are improving. We now maintain an email list of about 80 bicycle commuters, and get together once a month at a downtown restaurant before work. Even in the middle of winter, we had ten people show up. The city has adopted a bicycle plan and hired a Bicycle Planner, so maybe things will continue to improve.

    I have also been active with the building management where I work and our building probably has the best bicycle parking facilities in all of downtown Charlotte (which really isn't saying a whole lot). In the process of working with them, I discovered that they knew very little about bicycle parking so I developed a PowerPoint presentation outlining what makes good bike parking facilities and how to put in racks,etc. that people will use. Its targeted audience is developers, building managers, etc. I will be glad to share the presentation with anyone who is interested. Just send me an email.

    My other hobby is music. I am an amateur musician with a couple of compositions under my belt - not anything great, but I enjoyed working on them and I enjoy studying and making music.

    Also, if I made errors in my metric conversions above, let me know!

    Well that's about it.


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    Beyond caring. . . goose's Avatar
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    Ah . . . another North Carolinian. Welcome aboard. You'll have fun here.

    goose - somewhere in NC
    "It was a dark and stormy night. . ."


    "I have seen man at his best, and at his worst. Frankly, there is little (if
    any) difference." - me

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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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    I've had several since 1999 but have settled on my beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and my latest, a 2014 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Team bike
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    Welcome from a neighbor in Atlanta.
    My bikes:
    2001 Litespeed Tuscany (full Ultegra)
    2014 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Team Bike (SRAM Red)

    This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5

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