Hello from Edmonton Alberta.
Hi everyone, I think it's time for me to introduce myself. I began my transition to car-lite 4 years ago when oil was making it's run to $150 a barrel. And my car was becoming expensive to maintain. So I used public transit.
In 2010, I challenged myself to find a way to cover 17km(10mi) one way to work on a bicycle in less than one hour. One hour because that is how long it had taken my by bus. To my surprise the kilometers melted away and the commute was less than and hour. Two weeks after my little experiment I bought a 2010 Kona Jake the Snake to replace the Schwinn Mesa I was using to commute to work. It would be the last complete bike I would buy brand new.
Within a month of having started bicycle commuting I discovered that Edmonton has a very cool volunteer run bike co-op and it is there where I learned to maintain my bicycle. I became a regular at the shop over the next few months and then began to volunteer regularly once I felt confident in my newly acquired skill set.
Over time I have built several more bikes for my own use, and for members of my family.
I joined the site in the spring and was not until the last two weeks that I actually began to participate in the discussions. I hope its not too late to introduce myself and I look forward to getting to know other members on Bike Forums.