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Re: [Bicycling-in-Baltimore] Sunday Ride is Canceled

From: Ron C.
Sent on: Monday, February 25, 2013 9:55 AM
 I second Gordon's thoughts. I'm 49 and still bike to work everyday (granted it's a short commute) and was likewise hoping to join you and Penny soon on the Sunday rides . . . I know riding in the city should be safer, but I feel like it's up to us who appreciate bicycling for exercise, the mental health benefits and green transportation it provides to keep riding and help make cycling more visible. Just hope you will reconsider.
 - Ron

From: Gordon Steen <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Monday, February 25,[masked]:42 AM
Subject: RE: [Bicycling-in-Baltimore] Sunday Ride is Canceled


This is really bad news. Please re-consider. Firstly, we all sit too much and it will be really bad for you mentally and physically if you stop riding. People that bike are happier. I'm 66 yrs old and I still love to ride in Bmore. I haven't been in good enough shape this year to ride with you on Sunday, but I was hoping to be able to soon.

Gordon Steen

From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: [Bicycling-in-Baltimore] Sunday Ride is Canceled
Date: Mon, 25 Feb[masked]:26:06 -0500

Fellow 'Bikin in Bmore members:
I am sorry to say that I am permanently canceling the Sunday Ride. One week ago, the rear wheel of my bike was inadvertently shut in a subway train door due to the negligence of the operator. The rear derailleur, and rear drop outs, and frame were so badly bent that the bike is no longer any good at all.

After much contemplation I have decided to retire from Bicycling. Due to my age (49 in two months) the cost of the sport, the time it takes to build and maintain my own bike, and the dangerous nature of riding in traffic in Baltimore I feel as though this is a wise choice.

I want to thank Penny Troutner and the staff of Light St. cycles for making the past eight years of building and maintaining my own bikes so enjoyable! It has been a great "ride". I also want to thank Penny, and all of those who have ridden with me over the past two years through meetup for making touring in a group so much fun!

I hope that all the members will have a safe and enjoyable time while Bikin' in 'Bmore!

Jonathan Coppola

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