God all of these fears about writing a bio, and then the realization . . . who's "really" going to read this? After taking a five year break from cycling I've gotten back into it. Mostly for political reasons, but I'll admit, that the old bug is absolutely coming back with a vengeance!
I'm a 31 y.o. educator living in rural America; Sedro-Woolley, WA to be exact. The majority see the environment as something to be developed and sold. Nine out of ten vehicles are Super-Sized, crew-cab, 4x4, jacked-up, diesel monsters fully equipped to tow 25,000 pounds, or a single driver and latte whichever comes first. When I ride through town, people assume either: I'm crazy, and have escaped the local mental hospital b/c god knows no red-blooded American would ride a silly bicycle when he could be driving some $50,000 truck! Whew!; or I'm a poor, welfare dependant who just can't afford a real means of transportation. It's exciting.
I decided to park my car November 3, 2004. I know that this is a large forum with members of all political views, so I'll try not to offend, but it's my opinion that Bush is hell-bent on destroying the environment, or at very least, neglecting it to the point of destruction. Kyoto treaty mean anything? Mining, drilling and clear-cutting on national reserve land ring a bell? I can't change the world, but I can change what I contribute to it. So I'm riding now. Not 100% of the time, but I'm working towards a 90% of the time goal.
The bike? It rocks! I started with a donated Univega that was terrible. The shifters were lame, the breaks didn't work, the BB was shot, and I just didn't like it. Then a friend nearly gave me a Kona Major Jake cyclocross bike. I LOVE IT! It's more or less stock, 700x38(!) tires on Mavic rims, with an "economy" component set (Shimano Tiagra), nice fat fenders, a seat-post rack and trunk bag with panniers (Topeak MTX). Two blinky red lights in back, and one reasonably priced ($19) 5 LED head light that stays constant or blinks. It does more to make me visible than actually light the road, but it is bright!
Anyway, that's me, the bike, and some thoughts. I'm looking forward to meeting people on this forum, and sharing ideas, experiences, etc.