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Old 06-14-13, 01:30 PM   #1
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Howdy, Y'all From North Carolina

Howdy!
I'm here in eastern North Carolina, where the land is flat, and the summer's are usually double ninety. (That's 90 degrees and 90% humidity!) I have been working overseas (Afghanistan) for the last three years, and have been off the bike for that time. Dang am I out of shape! I've got to drop about 25 lbs, and get more miles in the saddle. The last five days I've gotten in about 20 to 23 miles a day, and when today was too windy to even think about a fun ride, I was relieved!
I have a an old Canondale that I bought at a garage sale for $100.00, and over time, sort of rebuilt it. It has the original 7 speed but now has a Shimano 105 triple up front, Nitto bars, Brooks saddle ( will NOT ride any other!) and the bar end shifters I love.
Lately, though, I have been riding my latest toy. I bought a De Bernardi frame (Steel, "Brain tubing) with beautiful chromed rear triangle and forks, and while I was overseas, my brother built it up for me with a mix of Campi (brakes and crank) Shimano (10 speed and bar-ends) and mixed in Velo Orange wheels and bar. Of course, it got a Brooks Saddle, and for the heck of it, I put matching leather bar tape on for the "ambiance."
Now, all I gotta do is ride!!
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Old 06-14-13, 01:35 PM   #2
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Old 06-14-13, 07:27 PM   #3
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Hi Doc, great to have you here at BF. Are you an armorer and artificer, judging by your screen name? Your bike sound very well set up, good taste in components, especially saddles. I'm in the double 90's area too, Pensacola, Florida, riding can be interesting when you have to cut through the humidity with a knife. Surf the forums some and find the ones you like, a visit to the Southeast Regional Forum will allow you to get in on rides and other bike activities in your area, the folks in that forum are a good group of cyclist.

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Old 06-14-13, 08:24 PM   #4
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Indeed, I have been a small arms artificer for about 20 years. Worked on military weapons in Afghanistan for the last 3 years, before that was in Baghdad working on State Dept. weapons, and before that was up north in Iraq playing the military's popguns again.
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Great quals for you, those are dangerous places. My brother went to the 'Stan as a Regiment's Law Enforcement adviser after retiring from the sheriff's department here. Glad to have you aboard guns, it sounds like the Army training stood you well for setting up your bicycles, too.

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