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Old 01-22-12, 07:54 AM
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It's nice to look back at my life (I'm 59) and all the changes and see that bicycles have remained the one constant. It has been a romance with them, and I'm sure many of you understand that. Bikes are magical. I could reminisce quite a bit, but I'll spare you that. In the here and now, I commute 23 miles RT to work nearly every day, weather be damned, and continue to be a fairly dedicated road rider, although now pretty much of the one-century-per-season type. Many years ago, I rode about half of the Bikecentennial Trail from Colorado to Virginia. If I ever get the time, and assuming my health holds up, I'll do the western portion of that route.

I've been posting on a forum devoted to books and discussion for several years. An author by the name of Paul Pinsky plugged his new book, "Biking through the 'Hoods," and I picked it up. It's about cycling in many of the major cities in the U.S. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but thought I'd mention it in case anyone else would be interested.

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Howdy Redclay,
what kind of bike(s) do you ride?
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Howdy Redclay,
what kind of bike(s) do you ride?
Right now, I've got only two. The one I use for commuting, and also for touring, is a 1976 Witcomb USA. That came out of a small shop in Conn. Don't know if you ever heard of it. It was only around for a few years. The other is a no-name Al road frame bought from Nashbar. I had a Specialized Allez Elite Chro-mo that broke at the rear dropout. Wanted to go quick and cheap to get back on the road, so bought the Nashbar and swapped over all the components. I was really surprised that the new ride was smoother than the old, after all I'd heard about the harshness of Al.

When I bought my first good bike back around 1975, I spent around $650. I have had this thing ever since about not spending any more than that on bikes. It's not that rational, I admit, and of course I have to go way-used to get anything decent. I do like ogling the really nice bikes, though, and sometimes I think, "I'm gonna do it--drop xxxx dollars on a great bike!" But then I think of all those diamonds in the rough out there available for cheap. Oh well.
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