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Old 06-21-08, 11:14 AM
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Hello fellow cyclists

I've been a cyclists my whole life. My first good bike was a Windsor Carerra Sport which was pretty nice compared to my friends Schwinn Varsetys and department store bikes. I lived in the country and everything was spread out so I ended up riding to friends houses in nearby cities.

I was working my way through college without a car and was limited to employers within walking distance. A funky little bike shop opened near the textbook store I worked at so I checked it out. I saw a new bike for $300 that seemed similar to my old Windsor (back then you could buy a pretty decent bike for $300). When I got a chance to work overtime I managed to save the $300 I needed for my new ride. The bike did allow me to work farther from my apartment but I started to hang out at the bike shop a lot. I learned a lot of bike lore and I went to the nearby library and read a decade of back issues of Bike World. The bike shop owner loaned me all his books on fixing bikes. After a while the owner decided that as much time as I spend at his shop he might as well start paying me. This shop did most of its business selling cheap used bikes for students who couldn't afford cars but after the college's international tuition went up all the poor foreign students left so my shop changed its focus to racing. We hired an old racer as a salesman and sponsored the local racing team. I raced a few seasons in the 1980's.

Since then I've been riding recreationally. I even met my wife through cycling. We met online and started riding together then we started to get friendlier.

I've been toying with started masters racing in a few years. I got weight to loose and miles to put in but one day I really would like to get back into it. I have a 5 year old daughter that has been riding without training wheels since she was 3 so perhaps cycling is in our blood. I'd love it if in a few years my daughter started racing junior and I raced masters, then it would be something we could do together.

As far as my cycling preferences go, not big on mountain biking but that might have more to do with the fact that I'm not very good at it than anything else. I think steel is real, I've ridden aluminum and carbon fiber bikes that were nice but nothing feels like steel. Shimano makes good stuff but Campy is still the best. Shifters are just fine on the down tube (I've had index shifting for a few years but I still have my shifters down there).
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Welcome to BF. What bike do you now ride?
Any photos of your past riding.
Neat that the 5 year old is riding with you..
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Welcome to BF. What bike do you now ride?
Any photos of your past riding.
Neat that the 5 year old is riding with you..


Yes, ditto to all of the above. We really need photos!

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My grandson doesn't know what Slow is.
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The main brand my bike shop sold was Centurion. For a time Centurion partnered with Cinelli to sell a high end bike. The bike came with a mix of Campy and Miche equipment. The next year it was available as a frame which is what I ride to this day. It has many tens of thousands of miles on it and 11 crashes from my racing days but it is still fine. It has lugs and chrome like Italian steel should though the paint has seen better days. In the mid 80's I outfitted it with Campy Super Record with high flange hubs (already out of style but I still liked them). I switched from 7 speed friction to 9 speed index a few years ago with Camp Veloce rear derailleur, down tube index shifters, and a wheel I built around a Veloce rear hub. While I did most of my miles with friction shifting I have to admit that index shifting is nice and new drivetrains are miles better than what I raced on.

My wife wants me to get a new bike but my bike is the one I rode every one of my rallys, centuries, and races on. I'll probably ride it until it gives up the ghost.

My daughter rides and Electra Mini Rod. No girly bikes for here. She didn't want pink with tassles, she wanted red with flames.

I'll try to post some pictures when I get a chance.
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