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About Clint Wray
No other type of vehicle has enriched my life as much as a bicycle.
Bad days can become great, time irrelevant, and memories forever.
Traveling the country by bike is a true adventure and I'm very excited to be part of a group of people who are riding for a great cause.
I've taken many shorter trips, but never crossing a continent, so this is going to be a new experience for me, although I've ridden many 100+ mile days. Through the years, I've settled on using a full rigid mountain bike, set up like a super commuter, for my trips. Flat bars and flat pedals, slow and steady, that's how I like to ride. The bike I take trips on is the same one I depend on to get me to work every day.
I'm reading all the other bios and working on remembering your names, and just as important, what type of bikes everyone rides. I see a couple is riding a tandem, which is awesome. Maybe another flat bar bike or two, and a mix of road/touring bikes (Long Haul Trucker -steel is real :)
The better I know what you'll be riding beforehand, the better I'll be able to make quick repairs and keep you keeping on, since I'll be your friendly, traveling mechanic. Stuff happens, spokes break, derailers get derailed, days of rain and gritty roads can gum things up, and after a hundred miles you may decide something isn't adjusted quite right. Just look for the guy in the boonie hat when at a stop, that’ll be me when I’m not on a bike.
As for the cause, this is going to be a great opportunity to make a direct contribution to people living with MS. No less-than-ideal day on the bike can compare to the hardships someone living with MS must face every day. Even though I don’t have direct family or friends suffering because of MS, I personally know the struggles from other diseases and the financial and physical hardships it creates. My heart goes out to them.
For all the great times ahead, this is still going to be a challenging tour. Coming together as a strong team is a reward in itself, and I look forward to being part of it.
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