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    Count me in as a MO resident; I live in O'Fallon just a stone's throw, literally, from Lake St. Louis.
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    Good to see you fellow residents of the state of Misery on the board. Mr Balke I see you have a collection of bikes. My wife gives me a hard time over one good bike and a few Xmart bikes for use and abuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blues Frog View Post
    Good to see you fellow residents of the state of Misery on the board. Mr Balke I see you have a collection of bikes. My wife gives me a hard time over one good bike and a few Xmart bikes for use and abuse.
    Oh I feel for you brother. My wife is pretty understanding about my collection. She actually goes with me on road trips to buy bikes I've found on CL and thru other sources.
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    1968 Robin Hood 3 speed...1970's Raleigh Sports Pathracer
    1972 Raleigh Sports............1973 Raleigh Sports
    1974 Raleigh Grand Prix......1974 Raleigh Grand Prix (made in Holland)
    1969 Peugeot UO-18...........1971 Peugeot UO-8
    1980's Giant Project.............2007 Trek 3700 mountain bike
    1971 German 3 speed.........1977 Motobecane Super Mirage Mixte
    1970 Raleigh Twenty...........1972 Raleigh Sports (donor bike)
    1954 Humber Sports (my newest project)

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    Springfield Area, nocking around the idea of a alleycat style race here

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    St. Joseph, Does Cameron have a Bike shop? The only one here is closing. He's still going to do repair work, but I won't be able to browse for crap I don't need.

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    I can see Missouri from my house. I'm across from Winfield.

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    I live in Arkansas, but I could see Missouri from my patio. I live 25 miles south of Branson. Speaking of Branson, I just started a blog and have listed a nice ride in the Branson area, with lots of photos:
    http://ozarkcyclingphotographer.blog...area-loop.html
    2011 Ride Across Arkansas:
    http://ozarkcyclingphotographer.blog...-arkansas.html

    RAGBRAI 2009-Photos and narrative:
    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/5329

    My seven days on the Katy Trail in Missouri:
    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/2094

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    Mr E. I'm quite sad to see him close. I keep on wanting to go there but haven't made it. We have no LBS. I go to Biscari Brothers in Liberty. They are building up a front wheel with dynamo hub for my Trek 520. Should be on the bike Friday. You guys that can see Misery from your house can be counted as cousins. Take care all. Blues Frog

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    Going to be in Rocheport 9:30 to 10:00 on Saturday morning. Oct. 30. Will ride to Hartsburg on the KATY Trail, eat, then ride back to Rocheport. Probably at a moderate pace. Maybe we will see some Bike Forums people there. God Bless Y'all. Blues Frog PS Did it and was great. Went through the tunnel first to say I've been there. Then turned toward H'burg and to a late lunch at Dotty's. Back to Rocheport and met Brett Durfur. Turns out he is a cousin of a church friend of mine. He also autographed my copy of "The Complete KATY TRAIL GUIDEBOOK". Brett is a most personable and enterprising young man. I wish him success as the new editor of the "Missouri Conservationist". The guidebook was helpful in our decision on where to eat. If you have a chance hit the trail do so. It was great. All the others on the trail were polite and careful riders. You would think a railroad bed would be the easiest but there is no coasting so you can get a workout if you wish. I prefered to enjoy the fall scenery and the historic points of interest. Later all you fans of Missouri.
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    Joplin here.
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    45 minutes north of Springfield.

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    Passage4 and Rider98Glide welcome. Good to hear from you. I saw lots of Mo license plates at the trainhead in Rocheport last Saturday. Even some furrin' plates like KS and IL. I am glad to see so many folks from my home state in the touring boards. I started out commuting with no intention of touring. Just for fitness, stress relief, and to enjoy the outdoors daily. But I am now outfitting for some multiday tours. Good luck Missourians. We could look at a get together one day. God Bless y'all.

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    Just west of Jefferson City here. Mid Missouri, for real.
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    He said okay, you're ugly too." -Rodney Dangerfield

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilitantPotato View Post
    Stones throw from the loop in STL.
    I grew up in U.City and lived for 5 yrs in an apt building just west of the Lions. I remember riding the trolley downtown and back to the loop just for fun and then riding my old Schwinn back home. Ahhh, the good ol days !!

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    Is everyone busy with Christmas preparations and riding their bikes? I know I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blues Frog View Post
    Is everyone busy with Christmas preparations and riding their bikes? I know I am.
    Shopping is almost done, bike projects are in progress, one bike is on the trainer, one is outfitted for winter riding and was getting a fair number of miles on the wheels ... until this weekend when the temperatures plummeted and the snow arrived in Liberty! Last day of teaching is Friday and I'm hoping for some moderate global warming to kick in for a week or so...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blues Frog View Post
    Is everyone busy with Christmas preparations and riding their bikes? I know I am.

    I wish... Its way too cold for me to be riding now!
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    St. Louis county - 9 miles straight west of downtown.

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    Columbia, Missouri. Plenty of people to ride with here.

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    I commute in this weather so I ride all the week and some Saturday club rides as well. The cold is OK if you cover your skin for the most part. Don't wear an excess of clothing and generate lots of sweat. Good to hear from lots of folks from misery. Merry Christmas.

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    The Mrs. just sent a resume for a job in Columbia. What is the cycling scene like there? I know MO is terrably un friendly for riding bicycles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martialman.45 View Post
    The Mrs. just sent a resume for a job in Columbia. What is the cycling scene like there? I know MO is terrably un friendly for riding bicycles.
    What can possibly make you say that? Are you from MO or just contemplating move here because of your wife's job possibility?
    1968 Robin Hood 3 speed...1970's Raleigh Sports Pathracer
    1972 Raleigh Sports............1973 Raleigh Sports
    1974 Raleigh Grand Prix......1974 Raleigh Grand Prix (made in Holland)
    1969 Peugeot UO-18...........1971 Peugeot UO-8
    1980's Giant Project.............2007 Trek 3700 mountain bike
    1971 German 3 speed.........1977 Motobecane Super Mirage Mixte
    1970 Raleigh Twenty...........1972 Raleigh Sports (donor bike)
    1954 Humber Sports (my newest project)

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    Well, the former mayor of Columbia, Darwin Hindman, was a serious bike advocate. Under him, more bike lanes got put in place, but sadly the lanes were put where people can still park. Hindman was well liked by students and most cyclists.

    Nevertheless, if you're near downtown CoMO biking is ideal. There are trails here that offer some good rides and decent scenery (MKT, Katy and routes to nearby wineries). I'd say most drivers are tolerant, but I've been harassed by students more than any other group of drivers. Since it's a small city/town, you can ride at off peak hours and avoid the traffic.

    I don't think "terrably un friendly" (which calls for a dictionary) is a fair assessment of all of Missouri. Compared to the suburbs of St. Louis where I lived Columbia is far more friendly. But hey, every area has its bike friends and bike foes.

    Check out this, this, that, here and this.
    Go bike yourself.

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    I have been going to MO all my life, most of my family is around Lebanon. Never saw one person on a bicycle other than kids in the driveway. Compared to Oregon and California (where I grew up) missouri seems like it would not be conducive to riding bikes. To be fair, never been to most of the state. Perhaps Columbia is much better than what I've seen.

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    XianRL, I really like the last link.

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