I am extremely blessed to live in Madison, WI, which is a fairly bike-tolerant community. I commute to work (about 1.5 miles) year-round. The only days I miss are days when snow is falling and the roads were already snow-covered when the snow started. My bike is 6 years old and has never been cleaned. The rust and grit are holding it together, in my opinion. I get 1 or 2 flats per year, and as noted below, I had to replace my front wheel once. Here are some interesting things that have happened to me while biking.

But first, let me tell you about my NEW BIKE! The old Trek 720 mentioned above finally seized up in summer 2004. What can I say -- it served me well for 8+ years or year-round commuting. I now own a Gary Fisher Zebrano, and bike technology has changed since the mid-90s...this new bike is bigger, lighter, much more comfortable. We'll see what kind of staying power it has. Maybe I'll even clean it occasionally :)

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