New PA member

Ian F

Well-Known Member
Greetings all.

I found this site through a link from the JORBA site... which was linked from the Dirt Rag e-zine I received today.

I know at least one of you already... jdog... who probably told me about the site during one of my visits to the shop. Shame on me for waiting for so long...

I'm looking forward to meeting some of you at Six Mile Run and Sourland, both of which I drive by/near every day on my way to/from work. (I live in lower Bucks County, but work in Somerset near Exit 10 off 287).

Experience: riding since forever... raced BMX in the early 80's... lots of "suburban assault" as I called it back then; jumps, stair-drops, etc... moved to road-touring in the mid-late 80's... got my first mtn bike in '92... first XC race later that year... first DH race in '93... Raced both XC and DH until around '99 when I concentrated mainly on DH (although still rode XC a fair amount). Raced Expert class DH for about 5 years... Mt Snow, Snowshoe, Plattekill, Mtn Creek (this was the pre-Diablo era), Doe Mtn/Bear Creek and Seven Springs. Best DH finish: 7th/52 at Snowshoe in 2001 (no XC finishes worth remembering).

My current fleet borders on "antique" status. All are at least 10 years old and most I've had since new:

XC HT: '97 Independant Fabrications Deluxe w/ '99 Super Fly, full XTR 8 spd, King/Bontrager wheels. Fairly light at around 22 lbs... not bad for a 10 year old steel bike...

XC-FS: '98 Yeti Lawwill DH-6 w/ '00 Boxxer (7" travel), full XTR 8 spd triple, Ringle/Mavic UST wheels. It's fun riding this bike at Diablo... with guys looking at it going, "WTF is that???" Scary to think that some of the kids I'll see there were still in diapers when the frame was first introduced in '95. :rolleyes:

DS-HT: '98 Santa Cruz Chameleon w/ semi-custom Z-1 "Dual" 4" fork, XT 9 spd w/ MRP, crappy wheels. Sadly, this bike hasn't turned a tire in a few years... :(

Road: '97 Colnago Master Bi-Titan with a mix of Campy Record & Chorus. Probably the heaviest ti bike you'll ever find, but it rides nice and looks cool... Over the past few years, this is the bike I ride the most.

Over the years, I've had an example of nearly every bike you can think of: single speed (had an original Santa Cruz-made Bontrager), track (Cannondale), 'Cross (another Indy Fab), and BMX (Gary Fisher Lush rush that I still have) as well as a number of DH bikes (Foes, two M-1's...).

My other time and money consuming hobby is cars. My g/f and I have 8 cars between the two of us... so a good portion of my free time is spent wrenching. Along those lines, I've been wrenching on my bikes for 25 years and will tackle just about any task except wheel building (I built some DH wheels when racing, but realize that wheel building is a skill that requires practice and I don't do it enough to attain my own level of quality, so I leave that task to the pros).

My main shop is Guy's Bicycles in Feasterville PA (been my main LBC since 1982), but stop by Halter's and Wheel Life from time to time.

Anyway... I think that's more than enough of a "book" for now. Hopefully I'll see some of you on the trails... :)
 

NJ-XC-Justin

KY-DH-Freddy
That was a bit professional for my first-timer welcomes. Can't you just misspell something and ask about $90 bikes?
 

Ian F

Well-Known Member
where do you work?

An engineering company called IPS.

Yeah.. it was kinda long... but this is kinda the first time I've ever really posted in a "noob" forum... wanted to get the full effect... and I didn't feel like working earlier today...

Spelling? Well... I can spell well enough... but over the past 12 years of working on a computer every day, my typing seems to have gone to hell...
 
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pdm362

Guest
welcome

do you ever ride in Philly? I am about to go back to school at Drexel and ride Wissahickon a lot. Wouldn't mind having another person to ride the trails with.

Are you an EE?
 

Ian F

Well-Known Member
do you ever ride in Philly? I am about to go back to school at Drexel and ride Wissahickon a lot. Wouldn't mind having another person to ride the trails with.

I know Wissahickon very well. Have been riding there since '93 although not much lately. Belmont Plateau is also fun and worth checking out. They used to have "impromptu" races there every Thursday evening... not sure if they still do... I haven't been able to get down there since 2001. It was great training. I had my best months racing DH when I was able to do those races on a regular basis.

are you an EE?

No... not an EE... not even an engineer... a fact my boss tries to ignore... although I went to Drexel for a bit in '88 and '90... before I decided I really didn't want to be an engineer... went to a different school for journalism for two years... and then sort of fell into this career designing building electrical systems... Under normal circumstances I wouldn't have been hired... When things get really annoying, I'll quip, "don't look at me... I'm just a journalist..."

It's not a bad job... a bit tedious and boring at times... but that can be said of most jobs... What I do is really part of Architectural Engineering rather than true EE... Our PA office has a number of Drexel co-ops and grads... at least the pay isn't bad... It seems nobody goes to school to learn what I do, so job security looks pretty good for awhile... It's not rocket-science, but can involve a lot of Code research, where my journalism/research schooling actually comes in handy... as well as for writing specs, reports, proposals and whatnot.
 
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pdm362

Guest
thats pretty cool. Belmont still has their races every Thursday but I am in Jersey for the summer working so I don't do them.
 

Ian F

Well-Known Member
thats pretty cool. Belmont still has their races every Thursday but I am in Jersey for the summer working so I don't do them.

Wow... amazing to think that weekly race is approaching its 20th anniversary...
 

rlb

Well-Known Member
No... not an EE... not even an engineer... a fact my boss tries to ignore... although I went to Drexel for a bit in '88 and '90... before I decided I really didn't want to be an engineer... went to a different school for journalism for two years... and then sort of fell into this career designing building electrical systems... Under normal circumstances I wouldn't have been hired... When things get really annoying, I'll quip, "don't look at me... I'm just a journalist..."

I know what you mean...I work at a civil firm doing GIS, our group is 5 people led by an engineer. Although I don't get dragged too far under, there is one GIS specialist who picks up the slack of an engineer that had a nervous breakdown :rofl:

Here ya go: (Might have seen it)
AutoCAD Monkey
A tourist walked into a pet shop and was looking at the animals on display. While he was there, another customer walked in and said to the shopkeeper, "I'll have an AutoCAD monkey please." The shopkeeper nodded, went over to a cage at the side of the shop and took out a monkey. He fitted a collar and leash, handed it to the customer, saying, "That'll be $5000." The customer paid and walked out with his monkey.

Startled, the tourist went over to the shopkeeper and said, "That was a very expensive monkey. Most of them are only few hundred dollars. Why did that one cost so much?"

The Shopkeeper answered, "Ah, that monkey can draw in AutoCAD - very fast, clear layouts, no mistakes, well worth the money."

The tourist looked at a monkey in another cage. "That one's even more expensive! $10,000! What does it do?"

"Oh, that one's a Design monkey; it can design systems, layout projects, mark-up drawings, write specifications, some even calculate. All the really useful stuff," said the shopkeeper.

The tourist looked around for a little longer and saw a third monkey in its own cage. The price tag around its neck read $50,000. He gasped to the shopkeeper, "That one costs more than all the others put together! What on earth does it do?"

The shopkeeper replied, "Well, I haven't actually seen it do anything, but it says it's an Engineer."
 

stb222

Love Drunk
Jerk Squad
I know what you mean...I work at a civil firm doing GIS, our group is 5 people led by an engineer. Although I don't get dragged too far under, there is one GIS specialist who picks up the slack of an engineer that had a nervous breakdown :rofl:

i am in that same boat.
 

rlb

Well-Known Member
It was relevant. Let me guess, you're an engineer! :D Haven't seen one laugh at this joke yet haha
 
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pdm362

Guest
That joke is funny because it is so true. I am an intern and they pretty much teach me to "delegate" the work. HAHA :rofl:
 
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