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Old 10-18-07, 10:45 PM
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Oregon Clydesdale

Hence the name - I have a tendency to break spokes frequently. I'm trying to lose weight, guess I need to ride more.

I live in Portland, Oregon but was born in Detroit, Michigan. When I was a kid I started riding a K-Mart Huffy (back in the 1970s), moved to a cruiser in the early 80s, and rode that until I got a car at 17. In 1990 I rode a 10-speed Schwinn while at Michigan State University, and then put bikes away for a long, long time.

I started back up in 2004 when I bought my Gary Fisher Wahoo, and haven't stopped since. About 2 years ago I started all-weather bike commuting, and early last year I did my first ride longer than 50 miles.

I guess I kind of went wild after that - I rode a few centuries last year (including Seattle-to-Portland), and racked up 3,000 miles during the year. My bike commute went from 4.5 miles per day in 2004 to 12.5 miles one-way this year. Also this year I rode Cycle Oregon, and I've ridden nearly 4,400 miles for the year so far. I'm aiming to break 5,000 by year's end, and I think I'll make it.

I'm pretty opinionated about everything, but that doesn't mean I'm closed-minded, it just means I have an opinion. I'm wrong a lot more often than I'm right, and I'm not afraid to put my foot in my mouth - sometimes that really annoys people, but I'm not trying to do that on-purpose. I welcome correction from those who know more than I do, and I appreciate being told when I don't know what the heck I'm talking about - I am a Jack-of-all-Trades (and as the saying goes, master of none), so I know just enough about most things to get myself in trouble.

As you can see, I also like to talk a lot.

I look forward to meeting many of you.

Oh, as far as "bike politics" goes:

I wear a helmet, I bike vehicularly 95% of the time, and I'm generally in favor of bike lanes. I don't think it's any of my business to tell other people they should or shouldn't wear a helmet - I consider that a personal choice. I wish all cyclists would use hand signals, because when I don't know what they're going to do, they sometimes endanger me (and I have had a bike-on-bike crash because someone did not signal a turn). I also believe that bikes have no business being on a sidewalk, but that doesn't stop me from using them when the road is completely unsafe and unsuited for bikes. I imagine some of you agree, some disagree and some just don't care. Cool. Just thought I should state a few things up front before I start putting my toe in the water.

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Hey, welcome!

(Spokebreaker is a Bike Fun partner in crime of mine )
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Old 10-18-07, 11:17 PM
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Hey, welcome!

(Spokebreaker is a Bike Fun partner in crime of mine )
Any partner in crime of yours is a partner in crime of mine! Welcome to bikeforums!
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Old 10-18-07, 11:19 PM
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What kemmer said... if you're friends with the inestimable Ms Donna you must be alright and I'll look forward to reading you here at BF.
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Old 10-18-07, 11:23 PM
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Welcome to the forums, Spokebreaker!

At the rate you're going, it sounds like it won't be long before your annual spoke budget dwindles down to nothing.
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Heyas, and welcome to Bike Forums, Spokebreaker!

Look forward to seeing you around.
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Old 10-18-07, 11:29 PM
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Welcome sir. If your breaking spokes, your speaking my language. I started riding in 2006 to lose weight and get in better shape. I'm down 85 lbs so far and having a great time doing it. I've only got 2300 miles for the year, but I had to have knee surgery in June and I'm just now getting back into shape. You might want to stop by the Clydesdale group for some good info on weight loss, bikes and equipment for the larger rider. We are an easy going bunch over there, so if you want to drop to say hell, you will get a good welcome.
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Old 10-18-07, 11:35 PM
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Welcome! If you'd stop putting so much power to the rear wheel, you'd break fewer spokes!
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Wow. I love that name!!

It seems to me that you are really coming up with your cycling. That's great!

In regards to being opinionated, that's okay. We have a few members here like that but they are what makes this place such a fun mix.

When you get a chance, stop by the subforum called FOO. You'll meet a lot of cool people there. But caution. We can't talk bikes there!!

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Old 10-18-07, 11:40 PM
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Welcome to Bike Forums, spokebreaker!

I'm a Detroit boy myself, but my family fled across the bridge in the early 70's. I put my college time in at Northern Michigan University.

Sounds like the bicycling bug has caught back up to you, and you're well along in the affliction. STP and Cycle Oregon and all weather bike commuting earns my respect, for sure.

don't mind the acerbic talk in A&S, it's pretty caustic at times. just dive in and let us know what you think!
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Old 10-19-07, 12:16 AM
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Welcome to the Bike Forums spokebreaker I guess if you're breaking spokes that means you're out there riding
I've returned to bicycling myself after many years of absence and I'm really enjoying it. My only bad habit is that old bicycles seem to follow me home
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Old 10-19-07, 12:21 AM
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welcome! have fun on BikeForums, but don't take anything you read here too seriously...



seriously!...






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Old 10-19-07, 12:25 AM
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I see I may already be too late



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Old 10-19-07, 12:59 AM
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Hey there buddy. So you are the second person on here to move from the Metro Detroit area to Oregon.... hrm, maybe I should too.
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Old 10-19-07, 01:20 AM
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There's a surprising number of Michigan immigrants out here.
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Old 10-19-07, 02:36 AM
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Hi Spokebreaker welcome to BF! Glad to know there is someone else in this world that suffers from the same syndrome that I do...foot in mouth....BTW I am ampidextrous I can put one foot in the mouth just as well as the other Don't worry about the spoke breaking, at least they are cheaper than fixing stuff on a car!

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Hey Spokebreaker !!
You will fit right in here !
Lots of stuff to keep you interested and happy !!

Any friend of Donnas is a freind of mine !!!

I look forward to reading more insights as great as your first post



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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
Wow. I love that name!!

It seems to me that you are really coming up with your cycling. That's great!

In regards to being opinionated, that's okay. We have a few members here like that but they are what makes this place such a fun mix.

When you get a chance, stop by the subforum called FOO. You'll meet a lot of cool people there. But caution. We can't talk bikes there!!

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Except, um, wait a minute. You're very articulate, Spokebreaker. And you express yourself well. Which begs the question, why do you want hang out on BF?!









Welcome, and enjoy the forums. Lots of resources for various bike-related issues that arise, and lots of friends to just knock around with online.
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Any friend of Donna's is a friend of Donna's. Welcome to the forums!

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Old 10-19-07, 06:40 AM
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G'day Spokebreaker,

I have 2 things to say to you...

1 - DT Swiss Alpine III tripple butted forged stainless steel spokes. If you break one of those bad boys then there's really not much hope for you and we'll just have to set you up with a couple of wheels cut out of 1/2" steel plate. Since I started using them I break the rims instead I'm on my 3rd M719 in 2 years

2 - Welcome to BF, don't take us too seriously.

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Old 10-19-07, 06:45 AM
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Welcome! Portland, eh? I'm going to be out there in July(?) for a National Triathlon event a friend is in. Pretty area. Wahoo, eh? Interesting ---- have an ad from Craigslist that's advertising a 2007 for sale ... and of course I want it ... one can never have too many bikes you know.

I'm a 100% commuter and am on road/off road and put on the miles, but ... daaaaaaam - your 5,000 beats me! Congrats ... and welcome again! (I'm usually in commuting or Foo ... or somewhere )
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Originally Posted by Spokebreaker View Post
Cool. Just thought I should state a few things up front before I start putting my toe in the water.
Don't worry, it won't be long before your soaked, head-to-toe.

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Spokebreaker, Howdy. Stop by Foo on your birthday for a delicious surprise!

3000 miles and a bunch of centuries is impressive, esp. considering the terrain out in the Pac NW. I used to work as a photographer and traveled out to Spokane a few times to cover the Lilac Bloomsday run. I could not imagine biking or running up those mountains that ya'll call hills.

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Welcome to ye olde forum, Spokebreaker. Come visit us in the Clydesdale forum.....there are plenty of spoke breakin' Clydes in there.
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