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Old 02-01-19, 11:24 AM
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I am snailgate

I have been riding since I was 9 years old and (truly!) a rich uncle gave me a Western Flyer bike for my birthday. Continued using a bike for my primary personal transportation until I joined the Army at age 21. While stationed in Germany I bought my first 'real' bike at a local bike shop in Heidelberg. 8 Speed with front derailleur operated by a long rod extending up next to the seat post and a Simplex rear derailleur that I never figured out how to adjust properly. Rode it all over Germany and France. Put way the bike when I married and was driving 50 miles one way to college or work. Bought a Schwinn 3 speed with a tax refund when family needed the car more than I did and we could not afford a second auto. Then my legs developed enough strength that I was breaking the pawls in the Sturmey-Archer rear hub regularly and bought a modern used 10-speed at a great local bike shop. Never looked back. I have done more than a hundred Century Rides, but never a double or a long tour since I left Germany. My motto: If god wanted me to run, he would not have given me a bicycle.

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Old 02-01-19, 11:40 AM
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Welcome. I'm impressed you broke pawls in a Sturmey-Archer hub. Congratulations.

What are you riding now?
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I'm in the process of buying a German Rickert frameset, supposedly from the late 50's.

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Welcome to Bike Forums from another Delawarean, just west of Bethany Beach.
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Old 02-02-19, 04:08 AM
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Old 02-05-19, 08:18 AM
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Now I am riding a very early Trek racing frame that I put together with parts, an Assenmacher custom frame that I said I wanted as a two wheeled station-wagon. It is very comfortable and is my do-everything bike. The one that sits and glares at me is an early 70's Gitane track bike that I rarely ride--but I always have fun when I do.
No carbon fiber, no click shifters.
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Old 02-05-19, 08:54 AM
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Welcome to Bike Forums, snailgate! Excellent way with words.
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It's never about getting comfortable. It's about getting capable.
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Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.
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