i just signed up for the forums. i live in vancouver, wa and have been car free for two years. i just upgraded from my old commuter to a new trek 7200fx hybrid. i love collecting old bikes but i never seem to get around to actually fixing them so i end up donating em to local non-profits. i see the bicycle as transportation and a way of life rather than a sport. anyway, hope to have some good discussions.
i love old beach cruisers. most of the bikes i get are from garage sales and second hand stores so they're in pretty bad shape. if it look interesting and its cheap i'll buy it. i'm a competent mechanic as far as maintnance goes but refurbishing is still difficult. my newest project is building a cross bike for next season.