I am a Canadian living in Berlin since 3 years, transplanted from Vancouver. The pro-bicycle culture of this city combined with the extensive cycling infrastructure coaxed me back onto a bike after an extended break and converted me into a two-wheeled fanatic. After my practical but deeply unsexy hub-geared aluminum city bike was stolen this spring, I bought a used steel road bike and decided I like to go fast. Currently I'm obsessing over getting into the fixed gear world and coveting the Wabi Special as my entry-point. I've been lurking on the sidelines of BikeForums for a while and decided it's time to stop being a creep and participate. At the moment I'm unapologetically leeching off your centuries of collective wisdom, but someday hope to be able to contribute my own two cents.