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Old 06-07-13, 01:32 PM   #1
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Hi there! From Lake Stevens, WA

Hey everyone! I came across the bike forum site on a survival/preparedness forum a little bit ago and after browsing some decided I'd give it a whirl.

A little about me: First off, I'll be perfectly honest. I know almost nothing about bikes. I rode a bit when I was a kid, but now at 19 I'm just starting to pick it up for a couple reasons. For one, I'm visually disabled (20/50 or so in the left eye, almost completely blind in the right) so it's made trying to get a driving license a little tricky. My doc gave me the green light, though, and the DMV agreed. But I'm the stereotypical starving college student, so a car's not in the cards right now anyway. So a few months ago I pulled my dusty little Trek 3900 off the rack in our garage and decided to give bikes another go.

One of the biggest reasons I'm trying to get into the biking world is because of my plans for school. I'm going to local community college at the moment, but this fall I'm moving to Riverton, WY to attend school there and earn a degree in homeland security. Thankfully it's a relatively small town, so biking to most places shouldn't be an issue, but from what I gathered it's ALWAYS snowing there, haha.

Like I said above, though, I'm pretty much clueless when it comes to bike terminology, tech, gear, etc. Basically, all I know is how to shift without ruining the chain and not to use the front brakes until AFTER you hit the rear ones.

Looking forward to getting to know you folks in the future, and hopefully I'll pick up some experience along the way.

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Old 06-07-13, 01:54 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard

I am visually impaired as well (glaucoma for 3 decades now- basically blind in the right eye myself). Feel free to poke your head into Adaptive Cycling and you'll undoubtedly will want to check out Commuting and Winter Cycling for tips and tricks to deal with your future commute.
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Old 06-07-13, 05:24 PM   #3
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Hi John, great to have you join in with us here at BF. As No1mad said the Adaptive Cycling Forum can always offer some help with your vision challenges. Also, you might want to look in at the Mechanics Forum if you have any technical or mechanical issues you need help with, I read there constantly to learn as much as I can and I have been riding seriously for 41 years now. They are super knowledgeable people and glad to hep us out. If you are looking to get together with other members for rides the Northwest Regional Forum is the place to look. Best of luck with your cycling and your schooling. Make your self at home here.

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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

no1mad- Glaucoma is definitely no fun. It's not something I've had to deal with personally, but if you hang around an eye doctor's office long enough you get to meet people with a myriad of conditions.

qcpmsame- I appreciate it, thanks for directing me to the tech section of the forums. Somehow I have the feeling I'm going to be ducking in there every five minutes looking for answers, haha.
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