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Old 07-02-04, 09:52 AM   #1
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Hello from West Central Illinois

My name is Mark Bentley and I am 44 years young. I live in Winchester Il. I started riding a bike at 7 and road a lot thru HS but got away from it once I got married. I started back up again last fall and forgot just how much I had loved it when younger. I started a biking ministry at our church this year and I take a group of people somewhere every month mostly on rails to trails. We've had good turnouts and it's open to the whole family. I also collect bikes that I fix up and give people that don't have one so they can ride with us. I have about 30 still hanging in my basement, mostly old Schwinn 10-speeds and Walmart bikes. I really enjoy working on them and just giving them away. It's great to see people ride them each month at our rides. I personally like riding my 1973 Schwinn Continental that I've fixed up. It's one year older than the one I road throught HS but it's in great shape.

I enjoy getting out and riding between 20-30 miles at a time and will be riding in the Tour-de-Donut in Staunton Il. for the first time July 10th with 2 other guys from our church. I have 3 college age girls and they like riding with my wife and I. We are also Colonial Reenactors and avid fisher(wo)men. Those hobbies take a backseat this year to the biking.

Thanks for your time and a chance to say hi.
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Old 07-02-04, 01:36 PM   #2
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Old 07-02-04, 02:39 PM   #3
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welcome bentley ,i have a similar story to yours.winchester is some great turkey hunting country oh yeah and morels too...mmmmmm. im from springfield . someone on here told me bout the tour de donut lol sounds like fun but ill be in chicago that night for the late ride.might wanna try to take your group to the moonlight ramble in st louis in aug. do a google on it.its fun for sure. have fun and again welcome
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