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Old 11-24-16, 10:45 AM
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What are YOU grateful for?

It's Turkey Day here in the US of A. I finally realized yesterday that the 1995 Stumpjumper M2 FS frame i bought for a pittance last year was designed for a modest front shock, in the 50-60mm range and according to the Internets, if I use the 100mm shock I bought I will create a Harley chopper-like bike that will flip me backwards on even a modest hill. Who knew that a 100mm shock was a downhill shock in 1995? Go figure. ANYWAYS, I'm grateful that I can get on a bike at all. I'm grateful for the $40 Trek 660 I found. I have had several enjoyable evenings working on it and several mellow afternoon rides on it. I'm gratefull for the Vittoria Voyager Hyper 38mm tires on my commuter (1980's Novara X-R hybrid). They roll like a dream. I'm grateful for the $20 1985 Fuji Sagres Mixte I found a few weeks ago. I have had a hankering for a mixte, don't ask me why. I'm looking forward to working on it. Actually, I'm grateful for a lot of things I won't list here.

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my daughter, who has a great HS wrestling career going and may go undefeated to state this year (she's a Junior).
She also built this bike.
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I'm grateful for the C&V forum here. Over the last year I've had some pretty negative things happen in my life, and I found myself turning to riding my bike a lot more, which lead to me starting to wrench on my bike, which lead me to bikeforums.net. Eventually, after some not-so-welcoming interactions on other sub-forums, I found this crowd, and started to drink the vintage steel Kool-Aid. Mmmmm, it's refreshing! This has become one of my zen places, along with everything that goes with vintage bikes.

So thanks to all the regulars here, you're an awesome group.
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Old 11-24-16, 11:38 AM
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7 years sobriety, two awesome kids and a loving wife.
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Old 11-24-16, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by bulldog1935 View Post
my daughter, who has a great HS wrestling career going and may go undefeated to state this year (she's a Junior).
She also built this bike.
Very impressive, I wrestled in high school, one of the most demanding of all sports...atmo or is it imho. Best of luck this season!

I'm thankful for my friends and family. Goofy pic we just took.
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I'm grateful for having a patient, supportive wife...for having a beautiful home and life together...for having so many wonderful friends, most of whom I've had for decades...for my incredibly loving and supportive parents...for our pet menagerie...and for some really good forum friends who help me rationalize and inspire my insanity.
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Originally Posted by Vonruden View Post
Very impressive, I wrestled in high school, one of the most demanding of all sports...atmo or is it imho. Best of luck this season!
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Thanks friend, you can only go along for the ride - the drive and ambition has to be all hers.
She likes the training the way we like cycling.

Her first tournament was 10 lb over her weight class because of 2 lb/wk weight loss rule.
She took 1st against a girl (over her weight class) who placed in state last year. This week, she also dominated her top regional competitor with 2nd round fall.
Last year she made mistakes and never the same one twice. This year, focus, condition, drive is second to her skills.
It's a lot of fun.
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Old 11-24-16, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by bulldog1935 View Post
Thanks friend, you can only go along for the ride - the drive and ambition has to be all hers.
She likes the training the way we like cycling.

Her first tournament was 10 lb over her weight class because of 2 lb/wk weight loss rule.
She took 1st against a girl (over her weight class) who placed in state last year. This week, she also dominated her top regional competitor with 2nd round fall.
Last year she made mistakes and never the same one twice. This year, focus, condition, drive is second to her skills.
It's a lot of fun.
That is awesome! My alma mater, Brick Memorial High School is one of the top programs in New Jersey. My sophmore year we were 19-0 ranked 5th in the country, Senior year 18-0. The program has fallen off a little, however still a good one. Best of luck, sure she will do well.
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I am grateful that I finally learned to be grateful for the things I used to take for granted. These days, family, friends and my desire to help others lead the way in my life. Sadly, I usually fall short of that last intent, but I keep hoping to be a better me, for your sake...
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I am grateful that I finally learned to be grateful for the things I used to take for granted. These days, family, friends and my desire to help others lead the way in my life. Sadly, I usually fall short of that last intent, but I keep hoping to be a better me, for your sake...
Randy, your website has helped many others lead the C&V way of life. When I first started collecting, it was my C&V bible. Thanks man!
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I'm thankful for getting back in to my passion of bikes. Working on them has kept me busy and out of bars. I love bring able to tinker.

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I am grateful for my health, family, and expanding circle of friends made through cycling, with volunteer work at Bike Works in Seattle (https://bikeworks.org) and connections via this C&V forum.
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Today? The car starting this morning, after a serious hey-I-don't-recognize-that-ignition-key issue last night; two young cats coming back from the vet in one piece after having been 'helped'; a nice personal message from a fellow C&V member about some old bikes; mrs non-fixie passing an important test. Today was a pretty good day, gratitude-wise.
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I'm thankful for getting back in to my passion of bikes. Working on them has kept me busy and out of bars. I love bring able to tinker.

building bikes is tinkertoys for grown-ups
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I'm grateful to have found a hobby that is healthy and gets me outside enjoying nature. I'm grateful for the knowledge I've been gleaning from lurking (mostly) in this subforum. I'm grateful for the hard work in other areas of my life that are finally starting to yield some results. And I'm especially grateful for my family- especially the newest member, my three-month-old nephew. Hope y'all are having a great day!
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Conti GP4000 S2 25's. Dura Ace hubs. No really I got to travel east to see my family, especially my 82 year old father and watch little children run around like they are prone to do. The Redskins lost but in the big picture it's just a game.
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I am grateful for so many things right now but as others have stated family is so important to me. My mom, brothers, wife, toddler daughter and soon to arrive baby make every day a joy. I am thankful that I had a wonderful father for 28 years and wish he could celebrate with us. Also cycling and C&V has brought a whole new dimension of enjoyment to my life. Thank you all!
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Much to be thankful for. To long a list.
I am thankful for finding this forumnandnits.members. hope you allnhad a great T-day!
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