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Montgomery Village, Maryland
Club Affiliations: Commuter Cycling Century
Potomac Pedalers Touring Club
Bike Washington
Member Since: September 2005
1 Year | 5 Year
Distance Chart
2020 Total: 3467 miles 2021 Total: 3644 miles 2022 Total: 3325 miles 2023 Total: 2818 miles 2024 Total: 1018 miles 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 3644 1822 0
2024 Miles Traveled: 1,018
2024 Rank: # 315 of 821 riders
(outdoor rides only)
Lifetime Odometer: 74,964 miles

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In 2001, when I was nearing 50 and hadn't biked since getting a driver's license, my office moved to within 3 miles of my house. On little more than a whim, I walked into the LBS and came out on a new Raleigh hybrid. Rode it to work the next day and liked it. Kept it up. Got a little stronger, which made it still more enjoyable, which made me want to ride more, which got me a little stronger. Everything just snowballed. Now I have lots of bikes, belong to a bike club (, and do multi-day tours. I still commute.

This picture reminds me of a Roz Chast cartoon.
click to enlarge 2022 Co-Motion Americano
Touring Road bike
Description:  Steel tourer with belt drive and Rohloff.

2024 Odometer: 920.0 miles
Lifetime Odometer: 4,666.0 miles

700 x 37C Schwalbe Marathon, front, 4,666 miles
700 x 37C Schwalbe Marathon, rear, 4,666 miles

click to enlarge 2005 Rivendell Rambouillet
Touring Road bike
Description:  Dream bike. Super comfortable. Ideal for long rides. Wonderful combination of "Old School" and modern technology.

2024 Odometer: 42.0 miles
Lifetime Odometer: 16,625.0 miles

700 x 32C Schwalbe Marathon, front, 2,976 miles
700 x 32C Schwalbe Marathon, rear, 2,976 miles
SRAM 951 9 speed, 1,892 miles

click to enlarge 2002 Cannondale MT2000
Tandem Mountain bike
Description:  That's my wife and I aboard. This bike goes anywhere. (Well, anywhere I want to go.) It's been the length of the C&O Canal towpath. It's surprisingly fast over the road for a "mountain" bike. With me and and my son aboard, it can really fly.

Lifetime Odometer: 4,451.0 miles

26 x 1.75 Continental Travel Contact, front, 845 miles
26 x 1.75 Continental Travel Contact, rear, 845 miles

click to enlarge 2001 Raleigh C40
700c Hybrid bike
Description:  Workhorse. Goes anywhere -- on road, light off road. Perfect for C&O Canal. Fendered all-weather commuter. This is the bike that re-kindled my interest in cycling. Major renovation in early 2010: Sugino cranks, Nitto Technomic stem, Nitto Noodle Bars, Dia-Compe Bar-End shifters, Brooks Flyer Saddle. I like this bike better than ever.

2024 Odometer: 42.0 miles
Lifetime Odometer: 34,424.0 miles

700 x 35C Schwalbe Marathon Green Guard, front, 10,010 miles
700 x 35C Schwalbe Marathon Green Guard, rear, 10,010 miles
SRAM pc850 8 speed, 6,625 miles

2000 Raleigh SC-30
XC Mountain bike
Description:  Just a plain bike. You can hop on and go.

2024 Odometer: 14.0 miles
Lifetime Odometer: 765.0 miles

SRAM  7 speed, 41 miles

click to enlarge 1987 Panasonic DX-4000
Road bike
Description:  Wanted a bike to keep at my mom's house in upstate New York. Found this in a local bike shop (the same one as the Univega). Shimano 105, bio-pace cranks. Very sporty feel. Great shape for its age, especially the paint.

Lifetime Odometer: 767.0 miles

click to enlarge other Beach Cruiser Tandem
Vintage bike
Description:  No head badge. Double mixte frame. Probably spent most of its life as a beach rental. Bought it at a yard sale. That's my mom stoking.

Lifetime Odometer: 209.0 miles

unknown make 
26" Comfort bike
Description:  Any Bike

Lifetime Odometer: 123.1 miles

click to enlarge 1984 Dahon Convertible
Folding bike
Description:  The headbadge just said "Hon". I surmise it is the antecedent of Dahon, which was founded by DAvid HON. I brought it along with me on business trips. I get real antsy after more than two days without biking.

After carrying me a total of 538 miles during the last few years, this bike gave up the ghost. I was folding it to put in the trunk of a car and the frame broke in two places, one right right by each hinge. I salvaged the wheels. This wasn't really much of a bike, but I got good enough use out of it.

Lifetime Odometer: 538.6 miles

click to enlarge Univega 
Road bike
Description:  Bought used in October 2004. Lugged steel. Whippier handling than my Rambouillet. Upgraded the front wheel 2008 and had the rear wheel rebuilt May 2009 by Universal Cycles on the Sora hub that came with the bike (but I doubt was original). This is a nice fair-weather commuter.

Sold it on 20 Apr 2022 to make room for Americano.

Lifetime Odometer: 2,325.0 miles

700 x 28C Performance , front, 1,274 miles
700 x 28C Performance , rear, 1,274 miles
SRAM 970 7 speed, 797 miles

click to enlarge 1977 Raleigh Grand Prix
Fixed Gear Road bike
Description:  Found it in a junk shop for 10 bucks. Got a cheap set of track wheels off the web. My regular commuter till my office moved to the far side of a big hill. I loved this bike, but was hardly riding it any more. Not so good for my knees. Gave it away 30Apr22 to make a little more room for the Americano.

Lifetime Odometer: 10,546.0 miles

700 x 28C Performance Strada Kevlar belt, front, 318 miles
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