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Tom Iarossi


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I Hate You Because I Love You 26


I'm 68 years old (69 in September 2019), a retired US Army First Sergeant, a father and grandfather, and about to leave my last part time career as a substitute teacher. I have never been without a bike since learning to ride in 1955; even through high school and my Vietnam service and college I used my two-wheeled conveyances for commuting, exercise, and adventure. I remember each of them, from a cheap 20 incher to a JC Higgins 3-speed, a Royal Scot (a B-grade Raleigh brand) 10 speed, a no-name Asian market beast I bought in Asia, a 3-speed Roadmaster when I got home, a department store ugly that was stolen two years later, a Campania Medalist I literally rode to pieces over a 35-year span, and my first more costly rig, a $500 Performance hardtail MTB.

In the late 2000s I started treating myself to higher quality bikes, over time acquiring a Marin Argenta road bike, a Jamis Dakar Comp mountain bike, and finally a Specialized Source Expert Disk for commuting, having all three plus my wife's Schwinn hybrid in the garage at the same time. I have outfitted the Specialized for touring, a pasttime I discovered about three years ago, by adding racks and panniers, Jones H-Bars, a Brooks saddle, and a new lower-geared drive train. I sold the Marin when I realized I hadn't ridden it on over a year.

I'm an ACA member and find much motivation in reading Jeff Arnim's accounts of his rides. I so far stick mostly to the PCH - I live in San Diego - but my bucket list includes the GAP/C&O, a full coast ride, and eventually the Southern Tier.