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  1. #1276
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    Jun 2006
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    Round Rock, Tx
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    Hi all, I have just joined and wanted to introduce myself


    Real name: Shelly
    Where do you live? round rock, TX

    Explanation of your handle: I was a foreign exchange student in Chile in high school, and it was my nick name. I thought that it was appropriate here, since my hubby is from Chile and all our friends there think I am nuts for doing a triathlon, and now for buying a road bike.

    Explanation of your avatar: avatar??....you mean I could have an avatar??

    Age (general or specific) 45

    Occupation: Mortgage wholesale account rep

    Favorite bike: my Specialized Dolce

    What's in your stable? Trek calypso, Dolce, and a cheapie mountain bike with road slicks.

    Fastest speed on a road bike? where? when? I have no idea

    Another picture of yourself or your ride? None right now.

    What is the biggest lie you've ever told: Telling my 5 yo daughter that I was 17, and that spinach is my favorite food....I turned "18" this year as pointed out in my Mother's day card that also listed spinach as my favorite food!

    Most memorable moment on my bikeuring the Danskin when I was trudging along and not enjoying anything, and another woman commented on the beautiful sunflowers...oh yeah, they WERE BEAUTIFUL!


    Most fun ever had on a bike? Doing the Danskin

  2. #1277
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Chi-town
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    Hey, Gringa Loca, welcome! I was in Peru the summer of '77 with AFS. How about you? Me llamaron a mi "la gringa" tambien, pero no la loca...
    Run like a dachshund! Ride like a superhero! Swim like a three-legged cat!
    TE Bianchi Girls Rock

  3. #1278
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Round Rock, Tx
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    AFS and dachshunds and biking??? You rock!!!!

    Hey Lise,

    78-79 year program for me in Chile. And I absolutely love your avatar! I grew up withh a dachshund and then had my second as an adult. he passed away 4 years ago.

    Yep, our friends in Chile think I'm nuts...hence "esta gringa es loca!" And they think I've corrupted my hubby too!

  4. #1279
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Chi-town
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    Quote Originally Posted by gringa loca
    Hey Lise,

    78-79 year program for me in Chile. And I absolutely love your avatar! I grew up withh a dachshund and then had my second as an adult. he passed away 4 years ago.

    Yep, our friends in Chile think I'm nuts...hence "esta gringa es loca!" And they think I've corrupted my hubby too!
    How cool that you were in Chile for a year! I wish they'd sent me for the year program. The three months that I was in Lima, and travelling around, changed my life profoundly. I don't know that I'd be a midwife, working mostly with undocumented immigrants at a public health clinic and speaking Spanish all day if I hadn't lived in Peru. I suspect that Spanish (usually) feels so easy to me because it's "family", not "work".

    We had our dachsie, Schatzi, for 19 years! Here are some pictures of her with our English Setter, Annie. I always look for dachshunds when I run a race or do a triathlon. They're a good luck charm! Welcome to the boards.
    http://s64.photobucket.com/albums/h187/lisecnm/
    Run like a dachshund! Ride like a superhero! Swim like a three-legged cat!
    TE Bianchi Girls Rock

  5. #1280
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Md suburbs of Wash. DC
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    Real name: Please don't think me anti-social, but I think it's more fun to stick with the nick. "Kali" will do for brevity.

    Where do you live? The Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC

    Explanation of your handle: Requires a bit of reading in Hindu mythology

    Explanation of your avatar: av·a·tar (ăv'ə-tär')
    n.
    The incarnation of a Hindu deity, especially Vishnu, in human or animal form.
    An embodiment, as of a quality or concept; an archetype: the very avatar of cunning.
    A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity: occultism in its present avatar.
    [Sanskrit avatāraḥ, descent (of a deity from heaven), avatar : ava, down + tarati, he crosses.]
    Hehe... I don't have a computer avatar, but how appropriate

    Age (general or specific) 41

    Occupation: Inventory manager for a fine jewelry shop

    Favorite bike: Specialized Tri-Cross Sport, my new baby

    What's in your stable? The 'cross and a 12 yr old Schwinn Frontier that will soon by cleaned up and donated to Bikes for the World.

    Fastest speed on a road bike? where? when? 26mph, on the downside of a tall roller at Antietam National Battlefield, last month.

    Another picture of yourself or your ride? There won't be any of me, but I do need to take some of my baby.

    What is the biggest lie you've ever told: My problem isn't with lies so much as it is with sarcasm that gets taken the wrong way

    Most memorable moment on my bike: Any moment from a previous ride that pops into my mind's eye when I'm hunched in front of the computer at work churning out sales reports.

    Most fun ever had on a bike? Impossible to answer. Every ride, even the ones when I feel like I may go into cardiac arrest on a hill or when my shins are dripping blood from a crash, is freaking exhilarating.

  6. #1281
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
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    Real name: Julie

    Where do you live? Philadelphia

    Explanation of your handle: Just like the way the words sound together

    Explanation of your avatar: keepin it simple for now

    Age (general or specific): 42

    Occupation: English professor

    Favorite bike: Bianchi Campione

    What's in your stable? abovementioned Bianchi and Univega hybrid for everyday

    Fastest speed on a road bike? where? when? 42 on some descent, maybe Lancaster County

    Another picture of yourself or your ride? nyet

    What is the biggest lie you've ever told: I can't stand to lie. So probably something dumb, like "I don't have your papers graded yet because I've been swamped with other work."

    Most memorable moment on my bike: Certain breathtaking vistas in Chester and Lancaster counties.

    Most fun ever had on a bike? not sure. . .

  7. #1282
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    stratford upon avon,england
    Posts
    223

    Me............

    (CANT DO COPY AND PASTE)(!)


    im alex laycock,i live stratford upon avon,britain!!!...........dont paint your cabbage green,well,classed as eccentric which can unnerve some who dont have enough intelligence to step outa the box,bu sometimes it can be a real pain in the arse....
    im a very bland 39,not quite 40,ho hum,divorced,gotts Gordon Setter,who is prob the nicest outa the 2 of us.............my fav bike is MY DEROSA.IN MY STABLE IS MY DEROSA,a specialised,a scott,a dawes and a rust bucket,aint sure on fastest actual speed,i once did 10miles in 22.39 secs as a 2 up!and 25miles in 57.20,sadly slower by myself,24.27 and 1.04 ............most memeroble moment on my bike was first time on the road after a monh after being run over and not cycle,i was one big smile,also doing 5 mountains in one day alone in majorca.............biggest lie ive ever told..........too ashamed!or are we all mates?im a theatrical costumier,ex riding instructresss,and i used to look after disadvantaged kids which was ace,for charity.i cant do this photo thing,but im doing to give you some details in 5 shakes how to see ME..........www.kimroyphotography.co.uk/images.asp........im image 1658-013.jpg and 059-jpg!
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    who is driving your bus?

  8. #1283
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    25

    Picture Time!

    Here's a TERRIBLE picture of me at my first ever ride back in March. It was a 26 mile ride and I hadn't yet discovered the wonders of moisture-wicking material and using a bike that actually works. That's my beloved Trek 800, which NOW has gears that work and slick tires and all kinds of goodies on it. When I did the ride (and I discovered this AFTER, of course), only 6 of my 21 gears were working and the guys at my LBS were totally amazed I was able to ride as far as I did with only 6 gears (I didn't tell them I spent the next 2 days in bed recovering...but that's a story for another time!

    Now that I've been riding more and reading wonderful posts from you ultra-knowledgable ladies, I don't feel quite as dumb as I used to...although still a lot to learn....
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  9. #1284
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    somewhere between the Red & Rio Grande
    Posts
    5,310
    Welcome everyone!

    Gringa- I am right in your neck of the woods. In fact I lived in Round Rock before I left for college.
    Amanda

    2011 Specialized Epic Comp 29er | Specialized Phenom | "Marie Laveau"
    2007 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Road | Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow | "Miranda"


    You don't have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to be great. -Lee J. Colan

  10. #1285
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Albuquerque, NM
    Posts
    3,099
    Welcome one and all!! been out sick the past few days so let's see if I can catch up:

    TK: Holy Smoking Guns!! You rode 26 miles with only 6 gears! Methinks you're ready for fixed gear bike. What an awesome ride - and what a Great memory!

    Sonic: you're right - those 2 names just work wonderfully well! Made me smile!!

    Kali: Very interesting explanation of your ID.

    Sunshine: welcome from across the pond. Nice to see another Brit amongst us.

    Gringa: I thought your "biggest lie" was just too cute.
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand, strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming: "Yeah Baby! What a Ride!"

  11. #1286
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    4

    greetings!

    Hi everyone. I signed up last week and decided to send my info.
    Real name: Pat
    Where do you live? Baker City, Oregon

    Explanation of your handle: Well, I love skiing so I use a handle "d-skier" (downhill skier). But for this forum, I had to grab onto d-Biker...don't know what the "d" can stand for because I freeze up going down steeps on my bike!
    Explanation of your avatar: I'll work on that.

    Age (general or specific) : born in 1947

    Occupation: Medical technologist

    Favorite bike: For now, it's the bike I own, my Specialized Sequoia Expert(yeah for Levi on his Specialized!).

    What's in your stable? The above mentioned bike and an older Specialized Expedition.

    Fastest speed on a road bike? where? when? 29 mph downhill, all the time wondering if a deer will jump out or a tire will blow!

    Another picture of yourself or your ride? Lots of pics of rides but none with me and my bike. I'll set up the tripod.

    What is the biggest lie you've ever told: I can't get away with it because my ears turn red so I don't!

    Most memorable moment on my bike: It was a 48 mile ride alone on an quiet highway with no traffic and 100F+. I'm an older lady and I was so thrilled to do that! My mind said I couldn't, but I lost track of time and I just cruised along, knowing it was sort of hot and thinking I had plenty of liquid in my pack and on the bike and before I knew it, I had hit the summit where I turned around and returned to the car. I was ecstatic!

    Most fun ever had on a bike? The highlight of my cycling life is volunteering every year for the Elkhorn Classic Stage Race here locally. I'm not on a bike but I love helping those riders reach their goals safely on the highways as my car leads them through the countryside. They are my inspiration.

    I have a dream : to one day cruise across America on a bicycle (when I don't have to work!)

  12. #1287
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    Sep 2004
    Location
    Albuquerque, NM
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    Welcome to the board D-Biker! I'm a-thinking we could make that D stand for just about anything ol thing ya'll want: Darn Biker, Dainty Biker, Dreamy Biker................. Glad you could join us and hope to hear more from ya!
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand, strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming: "Yeah Baby! What a Ride!"

  13. #1288
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Israel (Middle East)
    Posts
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    Welcome to d-biker...
    You know ...that dream is the best.
    And then when you have done it and are real old you can cruise up and down America and then after that do it on the diagonals at age 100!
    Look forward to hearing more from ye

    All you need is love...la-dee-da-dee-da...all you need is love!

  14. #1289
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Germantown, MD
    Posts
    138
    Real name: Josette
    Where do you live? Germantown, Md

    Explanation of your handle: Part of my last name.

    Explanation of your avatar: avatar??....you mean I could have an avatar??

    Age (general or specific) 37

    Occupation: Radiologic Technologist

    Favorite bike: Trek 7300 or Kona Smoke

    What's in your stable? Nothing yet, saving up for one of the above

    Fastest speed on a road bike? where? when? Can't remember back that far

    Another picture of yourself or your ride? I don't have very many pixs of myself - I hate having my pix taken


    What is the biggest lie you've ever told: no comment

    Most memorable moment on my bike: none....yet

    Most fun ever had on a bike? When I was younger just riding
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  15. #1290
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    47
    Real name: Rai Sue

    Where do you live? currently in Portola Valley, CA (in the bay area), roots in SF and Portland, OR

    Explanation of your handle: pretty obvious

    Explanation of your avatar: one day, i will get one of these

    Age (general or specific): 31

    Occupation: currently studying for the california bar exam

    Favorite bike: that i already own? see below, because I can't chose between them (i like old steel bikes, see below). I'd have to get a job and storage space before i start fantasizing about a new bike.

    What's in your stable? Motobecane Grand Jubile mixte, Bianchi Eros reparto corse that i built up from the frame & fork, and an old orange Le Jeune Tour de France, that i built up from the frame & fork as well

    Fastest speed on a road bike? i don't have a clocking device, but i think it was either coming down Franklin St in SF on my way to a show and making all the lights (yes!) or coming down over some mountain into Astoria, Oregon.


    Another picture of yourself or your ride?
    http://www.friendster.com/viewphotos...176&uid=285574
    http://www.friendster.com/viewphotos...id=186152115#1

    What is the biggest lie you've ever told: no comment

    Most memorable moment on my bike: there are many, who could chose?

    Most fun ever had on a bike? again, it's fun just about any time i get on. Most recently, getting 15 or so of my friends to do a birthday ride around Portland, ending up on the top of Rocky Butte for a champaigne picnic and a 280 degree view of the city and the volcanoes. I also tested out my ipod soundsystem for the first time...
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