My name is Jim, I like bikes. Riding, fixing, looking at… all things bikes.

Like most kids I had a bike growing up.  The ones I remember most were just the cheap bmx bikes from probably Kmart at the time.  My dad was very frugal, so I never had the expensive bikes, I remember always wanting a Mongoose or a Redline.  I don’t remember much specific about my bmx bikes other than they were pretty heavy, never seemed to break, and had lots of pads.  Think I had two of these as I know one was stolen from our garage one night.  I guess that was a good life lesson, after that I remember having the bike lock wrapped around my seat post for any-time I left it in a public place.  Eventually I inherited my sisters green Schwinn ten speed bike which was a boy’s model.  Not sure if my dad planned-ahead and knew I’d never ride a girl’s bike or if they just got a great deal.  This bike was fine, but don’t remember riding it all that much.  I still have fond memories of all the Schwinn ten speeds with the handlebars up so the brake levers were upside down.  Such a funny thing, but it was quite popular.  Eventually my older friends started driving and bikes were no longer used. 

The mountain bike craze was starting when I was in college and lucky enough there were some areas for trail riding here so I bought a Schwinn Clear Creek mountain bike.  Loved that bike.  Eventually I liked riding so much I upgraded to a Schwinn 9 Five .6.  While a better bike, I don’t know I ever enjoyed it any more than the clear creek.  After I got a job the mountain biking mostly stopped and eventually from working an office job, I developed a bad back.  I was sure any serious riding was done so I sold my Schwinn and bought my Trek Navigator 1.0 comfort bike.  A real nice reliable bike.  Has been used on many family rides. 

Eventually I figured out the cause of my back problems and was looking for a good source of exercise.  I landed on road cycling and bought a Nishiki Maricopa at Dick’s, and have just been riding more and more ever since.  Now I have a fleet of bikes for lots of different riding, and I haven’t spent all that much on them.  I may have even cured my kidney stones.  Hoping this site will help others enjoy biking as much as I do.

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