Ari

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Gender MALE
Occupation Grease Monkey
Location Westmont, midwest
Introduction I have been a bicycle aficionado since I was 5 years old. I saw for the first time some short broadcast of the Tour de France on t.v. in 1968. We had an old Black and White at the time and that is all I needed that day to fall in love with the bike. I begged with all my might to receive the coveted Tour de France Motobecane that I had spotted at a department store. My dad assured me I was too short to ride it. It had 700c wheels and a full size adult frame. Ever since that day cycling has guided me through the toughest moments of my life. Commuting, racing cross, working at shops, meeting industry people, working on shitty repairs, building over 1,300 wheels and Bike shop hopping for over 17 years. My next goals are to take all this a step foward and see how far I can push all this time and energy. With the help and support of family and some very reliable pals I think it is time to open a serious boutique shop. This is my next project once all is figured out. I want to continue the "real tradition" that is European style road cycling and not the dorky, heavy, triplechainring gang-gangly ill fitting bikes that the corporate companies are falsely selling us.
Interests High end Road, Track, Cyclocross bike, Photography, travel, getting lost somewhere, camping rugged style, climbing, cooking, friends.
Favorite Movies Zorba the Greek, Girl over the bridge, All Pedro Almodovar movies, Greek comedy, Fench movies with Daniel Auteil. ANY cycling film or cycling video covering races.
Favorite Music Gunnar Crosshairs, Gunnar Ruffian SS, Salsa Chili con Crosso, Eddy Merckx, Heron, Voo Doo SS, Bianchi Cross, MOndonico, Legnano, Peugeot, Specialized, Quickbeam.
Favorite Books Anything Spanish specially Borges, Cortazar, Guiroga, Garcia Marquez, Onetti, Cervantes, Lorca, Dali, Picasso, Duchamp, Man Ray, Surrealism