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Ya, You Bet-cha I'll say hello from Minnesota

Old 05-22-15, 02:17 PM
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Ya, You Bet-cha I'll say hello from Minnesota

Hi, my name is Paul,
Now I don't talk like that at all but living in Minnesota I just had to start out like that. I grew up in Wisconsin, joined the Navy and lived in the Seattle area for 6 years or so. My wife caught me and we moved to the Saint Louis area for 20 years, until we moved to Saint Cloud, Mn.
I started riding seriously when I was about 17 when I lost my drivers license. I worked in the evenings for awhile after high school and usually just rode my bike every morning till work. The first really nice bike I purchased was a Trek Dura-ace model. I remember going to my credit union for a loan for it and the guy asked me how many cc"s it was and when I told him It was a bicycle he just shook his head and said "It's your money".
The first long inexperienced ride I took was around Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin. That was on a Raleigh Record bike with no water bottle. It was in Aug, hot and humid 100+ miles on a bet. I completely ran out of energy about 3/4 of the way around and asked a guy that was outside if he could spare an apple and I think he gave me a couple. I walked while I ate those then back on the bike. I finished the ride by the time of the bet, but I still have about 3 or 4 old friends that owe me a pitcher of beer. During that ride is when I decided to take it to the next level because I liked it so much.
I mostly ride road bike now (Lemond Maillot Jaune) on long rides and my yard sale find of a Raleigh Olympian ($7.00) that I put my old Dura-ace components on. My Mountain bike is a Cannondale with the head shock with XT components. I belong to the Central Minnesota Bicycle Club, and love riding with them when I can.
I have also worked in bike shops as a mechanic, but being retired I just do repairs here at home on the side now. and I really like this forum!
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welcome to the forum. I think it is a great place to be.
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Welcome to BikeForums, Paul.

Great introduction.
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