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It seems like an obvious pairing, the mechanical simplicity of a bicycle drivetrain and the mechanical complexity of a fine watch. I like both... though my heart will always lean toward the bicycle side of the argument.

I ride, a lot, race, a lot, and am not strict to any single discipline... MTB, gravel, road, and even ones with engines that aren’t my legs. Except e-MTB... those can die a fiery death in a canyon.
 

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My most loved and cherished bike in the fleet is also the oldest... a 1997 Moots Psychlo-x with YBB. This bike has carried me more miles than I can count and finished DirtyKanza 200 three times. Like a loved watch; this bike shall never leave my side.
 

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I cant quite compete. But I do triathlon from a background of running. I picked up road biking about 15 years ago and now it’s sometimes my best part of tri. My regular road bike is a 2013 Scott Foil with early Di2 electronic shifting. My tri bike is a 2012 Cervelo P2. Both are faster than I am.



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I was a manager at a bike shop in Atlanta in the late 80s thru mid 90s if that tells you anything. Owned a first year Indy fab, a few Fats, early Litespeed, early Ibis, and a whole lot more but most are sold off and haven’t been riding the last 4 years or so due to health reasons. Hopefully that’s behind me and I can get back to it this spring.


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I was a manager at a bike shop in Atlanta in the late 80s thru mid 90s if that tells you anything. Owned a first year Indy fab, a few Fats, early Litespeed, early Ibis, and a whole lot more but most are sold off and haven’t been riding the last 4 years or so due to health reasons. Hopefully that’s behind me and I can get back to it this spring.


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I hear it’s just like riding a bicycle... the beauty is that, with every pedal stroke; you move a little further forward. Get back on that saddle.
 

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All bicycles need love... even Tri bikes. :p


Haha! When I’m in tri training mode I’ll take it out with my friends when we do early morning rides before work. They groan knowing that the pace line will be fast when I’m up front. Sometimes they will let me lead almost the whole ride for my training. Again, the bike is faster than I am.


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I've been working as a bicycle mechanic for the last fifteen years, so yeah, I'm into bikes too. Living in Portland, it's easy to get around by bike, so that's my primary mode of transportation. On a bike, even running errands is fun!
 

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I’m a mechanic of necessity by virtue of no bicycle shops within 30 miles in any direction. For all except the most proprietary tools, I can do most wrenching. I’m actually looking into opening a shop of my own soon in the nearest town. I see the need there and hopefully can swing all the right levers to make it a reality next year.

Edit: and Portland is on my short list of towns to visit and ride in before I’m too old to do so...
 

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The riding here is pretty good, at least for the US. I feel, though, that our city has been resting on its laurels and has done little recently that effectively increases bicycle mode share. Most of the riding I do is for transportation, so much of my attention is taken with how cycling is integrated into the fabric of our shared streets.

I applaud your ambition to open a shop of your own, but I'll caution you that it's a challenge to make it profitable.

I've always enjoyed taking things apart to see how they work, and that, combined with my love of motion, drew me to a career in bicycle mechanicking. The idea of a tiny, spring driven machine strapped to one's wrist, filled with a very precisely made gear train appeals to my mechanic's mind too. I especially appreciate watches forty, fifty years old or more, that can still perform the task for which they were designed. So much of our modern technology is non-serviceable and inherently disposable.
 

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I was always more into MTB riding until I met my father-in-law who did century rides on road bikes, then got into road also. Here's my main 2 rides:

Rocky Mountain Altitude - local single track riding



Wilier Cento SL - I've used for multiple STP's (Seattle to Portland) century rides

 

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I Still Have a Couple Of Mountain Bikes now that unfortunately get No use after my hip replacement and my inevitable 2nd one but I’ve owned some Good ones over the last 10yrs or so with Brands like Trek,Cannondale,Cube,Marin And Specialised But now choosing the more affordable Carrera brand.
My Daughters Bike is the White Carrera And Mine is the Black Modded Carrera Vengeance.👍
Just wish I could use it more.🙈
 

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The riding here is pretty good, at least for the US. I feel, though, that our city has been resting on its laurels and has done little recently that effectively increases bicycle mode share. Most of the riding I do is for transportation, so much of my attention is taken with how cycling is integrated into the fabric of our shared streets.

I applaud your ambition to open a shop of your own, but I'll caution you that it's a challenge to make it profitable.

I've always enjoyed taking things apart to see how they work, and that, combined with my love of motion, drew me to a career in bicycle mechanicking. The idea of a tiny, spring driven machine strapped to one's wrist, filled with a very precisely made gear train appeals to my mechanic's mind too. I especially appreciate watches forty, fifty years old or more, that can still perform the task for which they were designed. So much of our modern technology is non-serviceable and inherently disposable.
I hear you on the serviceability and, like you; I’m a tinkerer. I cannot leave well enough alone, which is why I’m into bicycles, watches, old tools, restoring cast iron pans... etc.

I have no expectations about the bike shop other than feeling compelled to bring it to the community. I have the backing and endorsement by numerous town leaders and local business owners, so I already feel supported. I just need to overcome my own fears and **** or get off the pot.

I’m also an advocate for safer streets and sit on the bicycle advisory committee for the town. It’s... an exercise in patience and sometimes futility, but we did just get a groundbreaking (literally) project approved for a 6 mile greenway that will connect downtown to at least 5 different communities.

I was always more into MTB riding until I met my father-in-law who did century rides on road bikes, then got into road also. Here's my main 2 rides:

Rocky Mountain Altitude - local single track riding



Wilier Cento SL - I've used for multiple STP's (Seattle to Portland) century rides

Mmmmm... STP; Definitely on my short list of rides to complete. I have friends in both cities so lodging is not the issue... I just need to get off my ass and get out there for it.
 

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Mmmmm... STP; Definitely on my short list of rides to complete. I have friends in both cities so lodging is not the issue... I just need to get off my ass and get out there for it.

It’s definitely worth your while, I’ve done the 1 day and 2 day, the 2 day is a lot more fun - beautiful ride.



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When I was a young kid we lived in a village in the country for a time and I think the village must of had a communal bike as I often heard the adults say that so and so is riding that old bike again thats why he left the pub early, never did see the bike myself.
 

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I rode BMX up until my mid 30's. Use to ride the tracks with my son's until they were teens. A few months ago I tried to ride to the store, my legs threatened to go on strike. I still have a 1998 GT frame with a Dyno 3 piece crank in the shed, it's the last of the true GT bikes before Schwinn took over.
 

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I rode BMX up until my mid 30's. Use to ride the tracks with my son's until they were teens. A few months ago I tried to ride to the store, my legs threatened to go on strike. I still have a 1998 GT frame with a Dyno 3 piece crank in the shed, it's the last of the true GT bikes before Schwinn took over.
Jerry Sir time to blow the Dust off it and give it some use👍🚲
 

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Great thread! I’ve made up my mind that I need to exercise more and bicycling seems to be the obvious way to go with my achy joints, a healthier alternative to the pounding of running.


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