Hi everyone! My name is Janelle and I'm pretty new to the world of biking. I go to the University of Illinois and am studying journalism. I'll graduate in a year, when I'll probably move out to New York; not exactly sure where yet, wherever the job is! Or that's the plan right now, anyway.
Champaign-Urbana is a pretty bike-friendly town, but I'm not sure if the next place I go will be. Either way, I'm bringing my bike with me! I bought a Schwinn Voyager 21 at our best bike shop last year, and I love it. It works very well for my short commute to campus and for running errands around town. I also found a great helmet at nutcasehelmets.com - not many other students wear helmets, but I live off-campus and ride in from downtown so I think it's extra necessary. Even if I didn't have the extra commute, I would still wear a helmet!
I joined the forum because our bike shop in town is helpful and all, but sometimes they make me feel really stupid when I go in there and ask questions. Maybe I'm a little bit self-conscious; they probably don't think anything like that about me at all. But, either way, I want to build my knowledge about cycling and about taking care of my bike.