I am a new member to CRV. I stumbled across CRV while on a search for parts for my 1982 Cinelli SC that I am currently restoring. I've been an avid cyclist since I was 12, have always done my own wrenching (more for therapeutic reasons than anything else) and have rebuilt and sold several bikes. I now prefer the longer distance events. Until a non-cycling related accident last year, I've had been a regular participant in randonneuring over the past 7 years and I am a PBP Ancien (2003). My accident took me out of the 2007 edition, unfortunately. But, I am on the mend, back on the bike and targeting 2011. About 2 1/2 years ago I moved to the Seattle area from Houston. I work in technology marketing.
I currently have 3 bikes in my stable, including the Cinelli. I will admit the other two bikes are very recent purchases (and not classics). But, I do love Classics and would like to get more involved in learning about, collecting and restoring these bikes. In Seattle, I spend a fair amount of time at two shops that have wonderful displays of older bikes and have just started to troll eBay. My favorite bike was a magnificent cobalt blue and fire engine red Hetchins (1980 NR Campy), which was stolen from a shop in Brooklyn NY. I am still looking for it! (My name is on a slip of paper in plastic on the inside of the bottom bracket, just in case any one stumbles across it like a message in a bottle.)
My family puts up with my time and financial commitment to cycling, but my spouse knew this when we got married. My kids don't understand any of this, but enjoy traveling to some of the events. And they love taking part in the TDF party/BBQ we hold every year.
No doubt, over the next several months I will need advice on sourcing items, tips on paint restoration, decals, wheelbuilders, etc. So thank you in advance.
Bellevue, WA USA