Well, since I've just loaded a process into my desktop that's going to take at least an hour to run, maybe I should use this time to introduce myself.
for those refugees from bicycleforum, I'm Alex (my middle name, my first name starts with a D), but that name was already used here.
I'm a mechanical engineer, finishing up work on my master's degree, and working a very dull job at a utility.
My main interest is in road bikes and touring bikes. I also own a hybrid, and a classic Raleigh. I don't race. I do most of the work on my bikes myself. I worked at a bike shop when I was in High School. I really hated that job, because the owner wasn't interested in perfection, wheras I was. He went out of business many years ago.