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Winter 1997


Autumn 96 Contributors


Michael Barath was born in Wheeling, West Virginia and later relocated to the Canton, Ohio area. He worked as a mountaineer, an asphalt technician, and a librarian before finally finding his niche as a behavior trainer with the Stark County Board of Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities. Throughout his life Michael has been attracted to the "B" words: bicycling, birding, ballet, while he has avoided the "C" words: commitment, cats, couches. That is, until he married, bought a house, and ran up debts. In his spare time he dances with the Canton Ballet and rides with the Stark County Bicycle Club. His bikes include a Trek 2300 road bike and an 8000 SHX mountain bike, and he hopes to buy a T-200 tandem in the spring. He lives in a little house with his wife (Deby), dog (Marley), cat (Romeo), and lovebird (Bouhdro).

Ellie Einhorn is president of the Western Reserve Wheelers, a Cleveland area club. The Wheelers have been around since 1972 and Ellie is the first woman president. She describes herself as an "East Sider," hailing from the Cleveland's eastern suburbs. She works in a hospital and rides a customized Specialized bike. Ellie has three children and two grandchildren "AND THEY ALL BIKE!"

Alan Ira Fleischmann, 42 years old, 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 Virgnina, 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!

Larry Johnson resides in Alliance, Ohio and rides a 10-year-old aluminum Cannondale touring bike. His dream is to cycle coast to coast. He works at the Whitacre-Greer brickyard, the company that supplied bricks for the Statue of Liberty and Atlanta's Olympic Stadium. He belongs to the Stark County Bicycle Club and is a crack raquetball player on the side.

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.

Jay T. McCamic is the president of the Wheeling Area Bicycle Club and editor of the club's newletter. Jay is a lawyer by trade and rides a Burley Rock-N-Roll. He and his wife, Jimmie, head up a family of bicyclists. They love tandem riding and Jay is on the lookout for tandem enthusiasts. Tandem lovers within striking distance of Wheeling should contact him at WABC, P.O. Box 2083, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Kathy Smith lives in McMurray, nearby Pittsburgh. She is current president of the Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

Andy Wallen is president, salesman and technical consultant at Wheelcraft Bicycles in Triadelphia, near Wheeling, West Virginia. He and his wife, Cindy, operate the business and have two children. Andy has been in and out of the bicycle business for the past 14 years. He has taught music in public and private schools, and has tutored homebound students. He is a part time musician and wannabe mountain bike racer. He has logged over 10,000 miles on his 1986 vintage Cannondale racing bike, and really likes his 1995 Gary Fisher Procaliber, Ltd. ("just like Paolo Pezzo's"). He is also the "Andy" of this website's Ask the Mechanic.


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