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Old 09-21-11, 12:39 AM   #1
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Hello from Orange County, California

Hello all,

Wanted to introduce myself. I'm 24, from Orange County, California, and recently decided to start commuting to work. After all, we have great weather here in Southern California!

I don't really have too much of a bicycling background, and I haven't been on a bike in almost 8 years, but my new position as an Americorps volunteer has placed me at a job site that's only 3 miles from my work. Looking at the obvious fitness and financial benefits of commuting by bike, I recently decided to pick up a bike and give it a try.

The bike I picked up was from Craigslist. It belonged to a college aged bike enthusiast, and he definitely did some peculiar things to it. It was supposedly a full sized Bianchi road frame that was cut in half, had a middle portion of the frame removed, then welded back together so its around 2/3 of the original size. Before I installed wider handlebars, I could remove the quick release front tire and then fit it into my trunk! When I brought it into a bike shop to have it tuned up and some parts installed, the mechanics definitely did a double take. According to them, a portion of the frame was flipped upside down before it was welded back together? I have no idea if that's true or not, but that's what they said. I'll try to post a pic tomorrow if you guys want to see it.

Anyways, thats a quick little bio about me. If any of you want to talk to a newbie about commuting, bike safety, gear/bike recommendations, bike fixing tips, or non-profit work, I'm always up for a chat
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Old 09-21-11, 01:59 AM   #2
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Hello PandaExpress, welcome to Bike Forums!

Definitely post pics, your bike sounds interesting.

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Old 09-21-11, 06:42 AM   #3
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Welcome to BF. Yeah, let's see some pics.
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We have a So Cal forum in the Regional section that might interest you. Welcome to Bike Forums!
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".....Bianchi road frame that was cut in half...????" Fausto is rolling over in his grave.
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Southern California forum eh? Definitely will be checking that out, as I'd love to find someone who could teach me some basic bike repairs.

Here's a pic of my weird little bike! I added new handlebars, rear rack and trunk, and swapped out the saddle. Everything else was done by the previous owner. If any of you guys have an idea of what he did to the bike, I'd love to hear it because its a complete mystery to me. Just for a frame of reference, I believe those are full sized hybrid tires.
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Hey welcome! Btw I love Beijing beef, Orange chicken and.fried ride from Panda Express!
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A better picture of the complete mystery-bike. And Panda Express was an old high school sports nickname
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