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Autumn 1996

Alan Ira Fleischmann has been a serious cyclist since 1989, averaging 2500 miles each year. An accountant and freelance writer by profession, he has written books and articles relating to finance, science fiction, humor, and education. He rides a Trek 1420 road bike and a Fuji mountatin bike. He has lived in Connecticut, New York, and Boston, but currently resides in Scott Depot, West Virginia, which he describes as "You're either goin uphill, or you've got a killer headwind!" Editor's note: Alan is a full-fledged GEARHEAD!

Jim Joyce is the editor and founder of The Bicycle Exchange. He's been meaning to upgrade from his old Falcon for years and he's getting closer and closer to buying a new bike--maybe. He is also a teacher and lives in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Dale Porter is the Vice President of the Mountain State Wheelers Bicycle Club, based in Charleston, and is a frequent organized ride designer for the club. He cued and mapped the route for the recent Sternwheel Regatta Bicycle Tour. He is also Associate Director of the Office of Epidemiology and Health Promotion of the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health. He resides nearby Charleston in Dunbar, West Virginia.

Tim Robinson, 24, has been "riding seriously" since joining the Stark County Bicycle Club in 1994. He completed his second Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) in June. Tim rides an oldie but goodie--a Schwinn World. His mileage goal for 1996 is 3000 and he was 200 miles short of this as of October 6. He just graduated from Malone College and is planning a career as a high school math teacher. His home is Carrolton, Ohio.

Mary Lou Safran describes herself thus: "Having resided in Ohio my entire half century of living, I am a registered nurse by profession but am currently enjoying life by journeying America's breathtaking roads by means of a bicycle. My 21-year-old Julie, a physical therapist, accompanied me on my 1996 'transcontinental' from Los Angeles to Cape Henlopen, Delaware." Mary Lou lives in Cortland, Ohio.

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