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Candlestick Maker
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Digging through some old boxes recently, I found some old cycling numbers and mementos. I've been riding bikes for almost 40 years now, but I didn't really have the full on passion/obsession 'til 1993 when I did my first 24 hour race. The fun, suffering, camaraderie, and character-building at that event really opened my eyes to a lifelong passion.

Where, when, and how did your passion start?


 

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I was a pro BMX vert guy back in the mid-late 80s. The last fall took me off vert forever.


Rode my first MTB in a vicious game of MTB polo in '90 and I was hooked. I took the last couple of years off, but I dusted off the old rig last night and I'm starting to get it ready for the spring riding season.



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I rode bikes pretty much since I could walk. In fact I still remember the precise day I took my training wheels off - all by myself! Probably one of the coolest childhood memories I have. Anyhow it went to BMX then mountain bikes came along and they looked like big BMX bikes so I got one (a Nishiki Colorado) and never looked back.
 

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I got on a ten-speed for the first time in my life at the age of 24 in 1970. It was a cheap POS Schwinn Varsity. The first thing I noticed was that even though I was an absolute beginner, on a wreck of a bike, I rode faster than everyone else I saw. It turned out that it was the only athletic pursuit I was any good at. Within about two years I was on a Colnago.

In 1972 I got a new roommate, a guy named Gary Fisher who was also crazy about bikes, and things got even more interesting.
 

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I got on a ten-speed for the first time in my life at the age of 24 in 1970. It was a cheap POS Schwinn Varsity. The first thing I noticed was that even though I was an absolute beginner, on a wreck of a bike, I rode faster than everyone else I saw. It turned out that it was the only athletic pursuit I was any good at. Within about two years I was on a Colnago.

In 1972 I got a new roommate, a guy named Gary Fisher who was also crazy about bikes, and things got even more interesting.
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In 1972 I got a new roommate, a guy named Gary Fisher who was also crazy about bikes, and things got even more interesting.
Although we all have our own "beginnings," nobody else here can say that there were there in the beginning! :thumbsup:
 

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yeah repacks a bit of a legend :)
I got back into mountain biking when i got into mountain bike orienteering a few years ago. Then in 2006 I tried a race called the scott 24hr as part of a team. since then i have either raced witha team or volunteered . that race is in october. Two weeks ago a guy at work was looking for riders for his team of four at a race called the Mont in Canberra aus. So I volunteered and on the weekend of the 5th of April will be competing in that. I have owned a MTB since 1991 but it had slicks and was used mostly on road...but it was a Gary Fisher. Sadly about 5 years ago had to get rid of the frame as I had no space. wish i still had it :( black and red hookooekoo.
 

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I rode bmx, then my parents got me a Schwinn MTB in the late 80's, walked away from all of it at 18. Got back into it at 35
 

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