Inspiring

Rev. Brian Schrader - Biddeford, ME

Inspiring

I have been riding for 29 years and I think they will have to pull me off my bike before I stop. When I was in my teens I started building and riding bicycles. When I first started riding, there were no cycle shops in the area were I lived in PA, you had to buy used bikes or scrape one together from parts. I then rode a minimum of five miles a day. That doesn't sound like much, but when you have only two hours and live in a area surrounded by mountains, it was plenty.

While I was with my ex-wife, she saw no point in riding bicycles. She thought they cost too much, and there were better ways to spend that kind of money. After my divorce, I went to the local shop, Quinn's, here in Biddeford and got myself a Giant mountain bike. This was my first bike shop bike and I loved it. Then I sold it and stopped riding for a few years when I got together with my second wife. I then started riding a few years ago and started out with a good DiamondBack mountain bike. After I invested some money into extras, it got stolen and the local PD could care less even though it was registered. Then do to finances, I was back to riding cheap department store bikes.

Then my oldest son was working at the Community Bicycle Center and he re-built a 18 year old Diamond Back Response SE for me, but the rims were really worn. Therefore, I limited riding it. Then a friend found a Jamis Explorer 2.0 that someone was giving away. It was barely used, but it was too small for my build, I'm six feet tall. So I took both bikes to the CBC, and built this ride. I used the design of the Dutch commuter bike as a guide to build mine. I rode it all last summer (2014), mostly on the Eastern Trail. Now I use it to commute to and from work. I recently put Kenda Klondike studded tires on it for the winter commute.

I love it when people ask about my bike and I show them what can be accomplished on a bicycle. This bike gets errands done and gets me to work and back. Impressive for a 18 year old bicycle, huh?

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