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Old 10-21-10, 09:40 AM
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Hello from Charleston, SC

Hello all....Pete from Charleston, SC here. I've been riding road bikes since '94, but haven't really been in the saddle since 2005. Sidetracked by house renovations, marriage, new baby, workload, etc. Anyway, I'm trying to get back on the bike regularly for some much needed exercise.

I've got three bikes; a GT mountain/hybrid bike, an early 90's Raleigh RT600 and a '96 Kestrel 200sci. I use the GT for leisurely neighborhood and trail riding with my wife. The Raleigh is a sentimental one as I rode it across the US from San Francisco, CA to Charleston, SC in 63 days during the summer of 1995. The Kestrel has been my primary ride since 1997 (and the only one I have a handy photo of at the moment).

I've been back on the Kestrel for a few weeks now and I'm pretty pleased with the speed at which I've become comfortable with it again. Apart from the new Mavic wheels (replacing my old Spinergy Rev-X's) my Kestrel really hasn't seen any new technology in the last ten years, so I hope to re-familiarize myself with road cycling here.

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Pete
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Old 10-21-10, 10:50 AM
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Welcome. Sweet Kestrel. Charleston is a great town. Where do you ride - IOP, Sullivan's?
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Welcome. Sweet Kestrel. Charleston is a great town. Where do you ride - IOP, Sullivan's?
Thanks. Over the years I've ridden just about everywhere around Charleston including Isle of Palms and Sullivan's. The bike lane on the new Cooper River bridge has made getting to those places without racking bike a lot easier. Since I live in the West Ashley area my "usual" route was always over the James Island connector to either downtown Charleston or James Island to Folly Beach.
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Hello Pete. I have a sister living in Greenville, SC. I live by Liverpool in the UK.
I have done a few miles in North America, Atlanta, GA to Halifax NS in 1991, and Vancouver towards Greenville SC on a Dawes tandem in 1997.
I did a few rides with the Greenville Spinners during my month long family visit in 1991, and later with the Halifax Velo group. Wonderful memories.
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Hi Alan,

I've been through both Atlanta and Greenville as well....some great cycling along rolling hills up that way. With the fall season coming on it's probably some really great riding weather in those parts now.

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Hi Pete.
I cycled the Blue Ridge and Skyline Drive towards Nova Scotia in 1991, but from April to July, no leaves on the road surface, just lots of caterpillars.

I enjoy the hills with living in the flat county of Cheshire.
I found it a wonderful scenic cycle route which avoided heavy traffic, most R V's drivers I found OK, some had bikes on their RV rack.

We met a Penny Farthing cyclist in 1996, who gave us the idea of riding across USA. He had done San Francisco to Boston on his 1884 Royal Mail penny farthing in 1995. He has just had the www.theknutsfordgreatrace have a look at the photos and video clips. Lots of fun.

Alan & Barbara from North West England.
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Riding across the US is quite the adventure. I did it in 1995 for a non-profit organization called PUSH America, a philanthropy of my college fraternity Pi Kappa Phi. Each year about 50 cyclists depart from San Francisco, CA on two separate routes (a northern and southern) with both finishing in Washington, DC - the event is called the Journey of Hope. Each cyclist has to raise a certain amount of money to participate. PUSH America uses the money to create adaptive environments for people with disabilities, such as accessible playgrounds or access ramps to special needs homes. As an alumnus of the Journey we're offered the chance to meet up with the current year's team for a week-long ride along....I've been very tempted to do it again (I rode in Texas with them in 1996) but find myself missing it each year.

And just a little update....I scored quite a deal on a 2011 Shimano 105 group, so I've updated the Kestrel and replaced the 16 year-old 105 group. The black-on-black might not be to everyone's taste, but I dig it. The old 105 group is pretty high-mileage and was taken off of the bike I rode across the US on, so I plan on re-assembling that just for the sentimental value of it.
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