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From: "Alan Edmondson" <afastchief@windstream.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2009 19:39:33 -0500
Subject: [CR] Hello CR Family


My name is Alan Edmondson and my wife of 35 years and I reside in King, North Carolina. I am retired USAF with 24 years in aircraft maintenance. All of this time was working with large aircraft to include, C5-A, C-141, B-52G, KC-10A, KC-135, and finally the C-17. I am proud to have served our country and proud of those who now serve.

I started riding seriously in 1972 with a modified 1972 World Voyager that I still possess. I purchased this bike while wrenching as a 16 year old at Cable Harley Davidson in Winston Salem N.C. Odell Cable was owner and quite the bicycle advocate selling Schwinn and Gitane. I witnessed the early 70s bike boom first hand building countless bikes for Christmas in 1972 and 1973. Odell was kind enough to send me to the Schwinn factory school that was held in the basement of the Holiday Inn, Greensboro, N.C.

I was introduced to the fascinating sport of professional cycling through a roving mechanic who worked at our shop in 1972. He was a "hippie" transplant from California. He was the first person to introduce me to the iconic Eddy Merckx, not in person, but in media.

I purchased a 1982 Trek for my wife from Dale Brown when he was co-owner of the Toga bike shop. We still have this bike and unfortunately it doesn't have a hundred miles on it.......she never caught the bug.....but she is still supportive of my cycling addiction.

As the years have flowed by my thirst for vintage bicycles and or equipment have grown exponentially. The depth of knowledge on the CR site is unbelievable. I am appreciative of the opportunity to become a member of the CR family and look forward to the experience.

Alan Edmondson
King, North Carolina