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Old 02-25-07, 01:12 PM   #1
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Hello from central FL

I found these forums a couple weeks ago while searching for any fellow cyclists in my area, then I finally joined yesterday when I needed help figuring out a headset issue.

I am 21 years old, and I've been into cycling since I was about 13. It's always been more of a hobby/utility sort of thing... I never got into competition and thus never saw the point of having fancy, expensive equipment. I tend to prefer the older technologies and vintage bikes, since it's what I've always dealt with. I especially like fixed-gear bikes, something I first tried a few years ago when I found the parts at a co-op, and I built a conversion out of an old Huffy frame. Now I have a much better Fuji conversion, along with an old Raleigh 3-speed.

I live in Wauchula, FL right now, having just recently moved back down here from Tallahassee when I finished college. Up there, I got many of my friends into cycling and was the resident bike mechanic among my circle, though I had only recently started to find many other fellow bike geeks.

Down here in central Florida it's a wasteland, though. I don't know anybody else who rides a bike regularly... a few weekenders on Walmart MTBs but nobody else who's car-free and certainly no other fixed gears. There isn't even a decent bike shop within about 50 miles.

So here I am. If I can't find anyone local to share my interest, I'll entertain myself online.
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Old 02-25-07, 02:17 PM   #2
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Oh, you know you will be swamped with people now .

Umm, if you like vintage bikes, please bring pictures with you when you visit the Classic & Vintage forum.

If you need entertainment from fellow cyclists, just head to Foo (can't get any better than that ).

Welcome to BF!

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Old 02-25-07, 07:16 PM   #3
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Hi "we". I know exactly where you are. I'm originally from Orlando and my aunt lived in Wauchula all her life. Podunk is a pretty good description. It's also the kind of place I'd like to retire in (in a couple of years), as long as there's a good riding group.

You'll find there are a few BF members in stretch of coast between Tampa and Fort Myers. You may have to drive a few miles but they're a good group.
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Welcome, the royal "we"!
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Bradenton Florida here.......PM me if youre ever near me and wanna ride Fixed/SS
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Hey, bud... I'm over in Bradenton, too. I love ridin' the Pinellas Trail or Myakka State Park. Let me know if you wanna go ridin' some time.
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