Hello, new guy here

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by M_Wales, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. M_Wales

    M_Wales New Member

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    As of right now I don't own a bike, but am looking to buy one soon. I rode a lot in high school and college, but that was back in the 70's. I'm now 50 and have not been on a bike in over 20 years.

    I spent 24 of the last 30 years flying around the world in the Air Force (C-130 guy) and now retired. My main hobby is Photography (you think bikes cost a lot) and love it.

    Mark

    http://www.twospoke.com/forum/f86/back-saddle-soon-5764/
     
  2. rola643

    rola643 Two skinny Js Staff Member Admin Staff Mod Team Tavern Member

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    Welcome Wales! More A.F. here I was A.G.E and my wife retired from Command and Control and she is a contractor working for START now.

    Hurry up and get a bike. The Peninsula Bicycling Association does some nice rides for all paces when you get ready.
     

  3. wild

    wild Yesterday tired old man, Today retired old man

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    Hi from the Swamp
     
  4. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    Hey, photography is cheap today. Back in the nineties, when people still cared about image quality, I bought a Mamiya RB67 with some extra backs and four lenses. Ouch.
     
  5. SprocketGirl

    SprocketGirl spin... spin.. spin

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    welcome, to the forum
    i would love to hear about your traveling experience while in the military.
     
  6. LarryM

    LarryM Eocyclist

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    Welcome to the forum!

    My wife and I had a similar experience ... rode a lot early on, quit for 25 years, then both of us returned to cycling.
     
  7. M_Wales

    M_Wales New Member

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    Thanks for the warm welcome... Hope to stick around and learn a lot more..


    Mamiya anything cost a lot and the new medium format digitals from them are crazy priced.

    check out this 56 MP camera from them
    322-256 Mamiya 322-156 DM56/DF Digital Camera Kit with 645 AFD III Camera Body, DM56 Digital Back, Li-ion Battery and Charger, FW800 Cable and Camera Strap

    I'll stick with my Canon 5D & 7D and my L lenses
     
  8. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    That digital Mamiya is definitely pricey. A friend of mine that does commercial work had ordered a digital studio camera years ago, and it set him back $30k, which was about a month's wages at the time. But with processing costs running at least $5k per month, it was a good investment. I just hate what digital has done to the industry. People no longer want to hire a skilled pro, since their uncle has a really cool $300 camera...

    Even worse, I paid a wedding photographer way too much for mediocre photos, and at 29 years old, he had never shot film. Moral of the story - don't hire a photographer under 50. ;)
     
  9. M_Wales

    M_Wales New Member

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    I have partied in 34 countries and loved it..
     
  10. SprocketGirl

    SprocketGirl spin... spin.. spin

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    that is quite a few... which ones did you like the most?
    i have been to most of Europe but that and a couple US states is it... want to know where i should visit.
     
  11. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    You need to visit New Zealand and Australia.
     
  12. SprocketGirl

    SprocketGirl spin... spin.. spin

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    heard new zealand has great fly-fishing.... must do this.
     
  13. M_Wales

    M_Wales New Member

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    All over europe, central and south america, far east, south pacific and lived in Germany for 3 years.
     
  14. SprocketGirl

    SprocketGirl spin... spin.. spin

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    that is great... i would love to see more of the world. i did live in northeast france for a while
     
  15. Garilia

    Garilia New Member

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    Welcome to the board MWales. I am 50 also, and have returned to the bike recently. Right now I ride a 29er hardtail MTB, and am pondering a road bike purchase.

    I live in South Florida, I have lived in Brooklyn, NY, Gainesville, FL, and in Durham, NC. I have never been out of the USA, although I have made it to 27 states including Hawaii and Alaska.
     
  16. TxCyclist

    TxCyclist Administrator Staff Member Admin Staff

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    Welcome to our community!
     
  17. M_Wales

    M_Wales New Member

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    Thanks everyone for a nice welcome...
     
  18. Hazy

    Hazy Well-Known Member

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    I'll chime in w/ a welcome as well.
     
  19. IndianDrivesBikes

    IndianDrivesBikes New Member

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    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    Stay connected..