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Rockford, Illinois
Club Affiliations: Blackhawk Bicycle and Ski Club
Rock River Recumbent Riders
Member Since: September 2007 5 Year Distance Chart
2019 Miles Traveled: 50
2019 Rank: # 977 of 1,208 riders
(outdoor rides only)
Lifetime Odometer: 36,756 miles

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Like most of you, my love for cycling began as a youngster when I first discovered that my shiny red two wheeler, was my ticket to adventure! In '73 I bought the wife and me matching Raleigh 5 speed touring bikes which we rode many miles together. And like most of you parents, I carried my kids on the back of my bike for a number of years as well! Then when they could stay up on two wheels by themselves, we all rode together....trails, parks, neighborhood streets, and paper routes! I got away from cycling for many years, then decided one day that I needed to start taking better care of myself so I borrowed my son's Schwinn mountain bike for a few weeks. It felt good to be back on the saddle! In 2006 I bought a Trek hybrid and the excitement of being on a bike was just like I'd always remembered! Now cycling is my 'therapy'. I discovered recumbent riding in '07 and have become a 'bent fanatic! I've enjoyed many miles of riding with family and friends, especially with my wife and my son, "teamkingstreet". (I appreciate that when I'm along, he keeps the pace at a tolerable level!) Someone has said, "when I was a kid, riding a bicycle made me feel like a grown up, now that I'm a grown up, riding a bicycle makes me feel like a kid". It's great to feel like a kid again!!
BTW- that's Teamkingstreet on the back of the Raleigh 5-speed! Got him hooked on cycling at an early age!

In the fall of '07 I had the wonderful experience to mountain bike with my 29 year old son, teamkingstreet, in the Sierra Madre Mts near Puerta Vallarta Mexico. We climbed/rode a gruelling 60kms on a one lane washed out mountain road and enjoyed some of the best mountain scenery in Mexico. Conquered the "Killer Donkey" and celebrated with Gatorade and tasty Mexican sugar cookies in the village of San Padro.
In the spring of '08 I did some mountain biking with my son-in-law in the foothills of the Dolomite Mts. in Aviano Italy on some killer, rock strewn, single and double track trails! 
click to enlarge 2016 Volae Expedition Pro
SWB Recumbent bike
Description:  Retirement gift from my son in April 2016

2019 Odometer: 50.0 miles
Lifetime Odometer: 5,192.5 miles

click to enlarge 2007 Lightning P-38
SWB Recumbent bike
Description:  SWB Recumbent with Velocity Performance Wheels

This little jewel is my road bike! Serial number is 1776 so I call her "Freedom Bird"! This is a light weight, comfortable ride.
In 2012 I changed the wheel set and went to a 451mm front with a Stelvio tire. New powder coat too.

Lifetime Odometer: 15,596.3 miles

20 x 1-1/8 Schwalbe 451mm Stelvio, front, 15,061 miles
700 x 23C Continental Ultra Gatorskin, rear, 13,820 miles
700 x 23C Continental Ultra Gatorskin, rear, 15,580 miles
SRAM PC951 9 speed, 14,963 miles

click to enlarge 2008 Lightning Phantom
SWB Recumbent bike
Description:  SWB Recumbent Bike LIVESTRONG Edition

I sold my fishing boat (which I loved) to buy this little beauty (which I love even more)!
I call her "Mello Yellow"! Nothing to do with the drink or the song, just a sweet ride!

In 2012 I installed the Velocity wheel set from the P38, changing the rear from a 26" to a 700mm. Added a P38 riser and lightened it up a bit too. A very nice ride.

Lifetime Odometer: 12,208.6 miles

20 x 1-1/8 Schwalbe Durano, front, 12,186 miles
700 x 28C Specialized Armadillo, rear, 12,209 miles
SRAM PC951 9 speed, 5,793 miles

click to enlarge 2006 Trek 7300
700c Hybrid bike
Description:  I call this one "Mule"! She's my winter "Icebike"! Equipped with Kenda Klondike studded snow tires! My first bike after rediscovering cycling! This sweetheart carried me many miles on the road and trails. She even kinda looks like a "mule" with those bar ends!

Lifetime Odometer: 3,624.9 miles

SRAM  9 speed, 3,614 miles

click to enlarge 2000 Trek 6500 Alpha ZX
Hardtail XC Mountain bike
Description:  Hardtail MTB for those days when I want to play in the dirt! I need to get to know this little trail muncher better. We haven't spent much time together but when we do it's a blast!

Lifetime Odometer: 62.0 miles
No planned events for 2019

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