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Old 09-22-08, 07:38 PM
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Hello from Iowa!

I'm a 54 year old San Francisco native now living in Northwest Iowa about an hour from Sioux Falls South Dakota. I have spent the last 25 years in Fort Collins Colorado before heading to Sioux Center Iowa for a great job. I miss the great bicycle resources and trails of Colorado but revel in the low rolling hills and the peacfulness of a town of 6000.

So, I now travel the city streets as a casual utilitarian cyclist as the country roads have no paved shoulder and you risk your life! It's not so bad actually, at age 54, I now enjoy riding for the exercise and serenity it gives me and not the competion of how fast can I do that next century.

I've had many bikes, my first "10-speed" was a Huffy Mark-10 about 1963! Various progressions to a Mercier, Peugeot PX10, Nishiki Criterium, Medici custom touring, Specialized MTD, a mint Raleigh 3 speed, and more nameless 2 wheelers. Currently I've just rebuilt an old GT Tequesta MTB into a Single Speeder and loving it! Great for around town and so simple. A road fixie is next.

So drop me a line, I'd love to talk bikes!

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Howdy and welcome to the forums. We lived in Loveland and Fort Collins for 5 years. I wasn't into biking then, but got into hiking, and had a lot of fun with that. Made it to the top of all the 13'ers out in Rocky Mountain National Park before we left. A great place, even if it was growing like wildfire. But down here in the flatlands, biking is sort of a substitute for that.
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Old 09-23-08, 10:47 PM
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Originally Posted by midwest44 View Post
So drop me a line, I'd love to talk bikes!

Gene
Welcome Gene, and I think everyone here loves to talk bikes so you should feel at home here.
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Old 09-24-08, 11:30 AM
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Ahhhhhh. Sioux Center, Iowa. My college hometown for 4 years in the early 80's. Have nothing but good things to say about the place and as I recall, its pretty flat so you can probably ride fairly easy. I bet that the natives are still very friendly and will give you lots of room. I Still get back there from time to time in fact I am planning an early March 09 trip for the college hockey team reunion. Welcome
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Old 09-24-08, 03:42 PM
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Sioux Center

Yep,

This area of Iowa is nice, light rolling hills, seas of corn and soybeans. County roads have no paved shoulders here :-( A bit too dangerous for the family provider unfortunately. Cruising the local towns is fun though. I'm single speeding these days, so it pleasure and exercise. My only adaptation is no organic a food (does anyone eat vegetables here?) and I'm a liberal in the Dutch Reform oasis. But people are very friendly and polite, a big switch from Colorado.
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Hi Gene! Do you have any of the vintage bikes still? If you do, could we see photos?

Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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