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Old 01-31-08, 02:18 PM   #1
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Greetings from Kansas City

My name is Gary and I am 50 years old. I am a corporate pilot flying a Learjet here in KC. I bought a brand new mountain bike, Giant Rainier, last August and have been having a blast with it, most recently in the snow around here.

I biked as a kid but got my first real road bike some 18 years ago when I bought a used Bianchi Sport SS from a triathlete buddy of mine. He was nationally ranked in his age group (73 at the time) and he got beat by another fellow by 7 seconds so he needed a better bike! My girlfriend at the time, now wife, did a lot of road riding and was involved with the MS150 here in town. She is long legged thing and could really fly. I was impressed so I asked and she said yes. We got involved in other sports ( backpacking, canoeing, homebuilt airplanes) and sorta let the bike thing slip. After a trip 4 day layover in Portland I saw all these people riding their bikes everywhere. Rain or shine day or night. Wow. So I got the old Bianchi out of the basement and converted it to a commuter. Fenders, lights, rack, blinky, new tubes and tires, frame bag, new spare tube, patch kit etc. Last Monday, not having to work, I did a practice commute to work. I worked out the route, got an idea of how long it would take to get there and generally tried to figure out how hectic this commuting thing might be. I now have 2 fun bikes. Cheers.
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Old 01-31-08, 02:20 PM   #2
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Ah, downtubes . Wander over to the Classic & Vintage forum and say hi! All the KCers are coming out of the woodwork this week, you are at least the second new member from KC in the last couple of days...

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Cool bikes! Very beautiful and classic. Welcome to the bike forums and welcome back to biking
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Yes, from a felow Kansan, welcome to this panacea of bike information. continue to enjoy your commute.
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