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Grandville, Michigan
Club Affiliations: Rapid Wheelmen Race Team
Rapid Wheelmen
Member Since: November 2011 5 Year Distance Chart
2024 Miles Traveled: 0
2024 Rank: currently unranked
Lifetime Odometer: 9,543 miles

This is how it all started:
My sister in law had been doing a few sprint tris but had hurt her foot. After surgery, she wasn't up for running and since I had just started she asked if I want to do the run part of the tri if she does the swim and the ride. I agreed and got excited about it.
A while later, I asked her about it and she said she wasn't up for it at all. At that time I was already pumped to do it so she said I should just do it by myself and borrow her road bike. The tri was on July 2nd, I picked the bike up at the 26th and took it for a spin immediately. I was hooked!
The next day I called my Dad who is also an avid biker in Germany and told him how awesome it was. He said I need my own bike, not a loaner. Once I told him I have no money right now, he said he'd buy me a bike. I went to Village Bike in Grand Rapids and looked at the bikes. I picked the low end 2010 Giant Avail 3, and while I was worried that I would outgrow it I am still very happy with it.
I have been running mostly to lose weight and riding too, but riding is so much more fun. After running for an hour, i am wiped. I can ride the bike for much longer!

Update: OK, so I decided to sell the GIANT Avail 3 and trade up to a 2011 Fuji SL1 Pro LE, full carbon frame and fork and mostly Ultegra components. 
click to enlarge 2011 Fuji SL1 Pro LE
Road bike
Description:  Whether in the peloton or out on a training ride the SL1 Pro is the clear winner. It features a carbon fiber fame with a refined geometry, quality Shimano Ultegra Carbon Ultegra Fuji components and fast rolling wheels. SL-1 Le Road Bike 2011 Rocks.

Fuji SL1 Pro Le Road lightweight carbon road race bike is bred for speed, with ultegra components. From the compact FSA Gossamer crankset, to the sturdy and lightweight Alex wheels, the Fuji SL1 Pro delivers all the performance you need for keeping up in the crit, riding a century or just riding the mountains with your friends. Itís a Masterpiece!

C-4 carbon
1 1/8" integrated headtube

Shimano Ultegra front and rear derailleurs
Shimano Ultegra shift levers
Shimano Ultegra cassette
Tektro Dual pivot brakes
Oval handlebar, stem & seatpost
No pedals

Oval W-524 aero clincher wheelset
Vittoria Zaffiro II tires

Lifetime Odometer: 7,771.2 miles

2012 Rocky Mountain Element 950
Full Susp XC 29er Mtn bike

Lifetime Odometer: 85.8 miles

2012 Felt B16W
Time Trial Road bike

Lifetime Odometer: 121.1 miles

1999 Kona Jake The Snake
Cyclocross Road bike

Lifetime Odometer: 185.9 miles

click to enlarge 2012 Salsa Fargo 2
XC 29er Mtn bike
Description:  Designed as a drop-bar MTB, optimized for fit with Salsa Woodchipper Bar. Capable of handling everything from technical singletrack trails to two-track, to gravel and the occasional paved road. Predictable handling with or without a load. The bike to ride when you will hit every imaginable type of trail surface.


Lifetime Odometer: 427.9 miles

click to enlarge 2010 Giant Avail 3
Road bike

Lifetime Odometer: 953.2 miles

1995 Giant Yukon SE
Trail/All Mountain bike

Lifetime Odometer: 34.8 miles

click to enlarge 2001 Schwinn Super Seven
Cruiser bike
Description:  What came before the road bike...

Lifetime Odometer: 20.7 miles

click to enlarge 2006 Felt F90
Road bike
Description:  Borrowed from my sister in law -- my first taste of a road bike and what got me HOOKED!!!

Lifetime Odometer: 29.3 miles
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