I read the news every day online (Agoniser, The Age and the ABC). About a year ago I read a story about a cyclist being killed on his ride to work. Another cyclist, who didn't know the guy who was killed, had decided to complete his ride to work, to commemorate his life and highlight cycling safety. He was inviting other cyclists to join him on this "Ride for Respect". At the bottom of the story was a link for more information. I wasn't commuting at the time but had a partner who rides and could certainly relate to the story. I clicked the link and found myself here, on Adelaide Cyclists. I joined to make a comment about the event (inviting other concerned non-cycling family to come to the beginning of the ride) and so began my AC "story"
For a while I visited occasionally and was amused by some of the discussions. I began to get to know some of the AC characters like Jim and Heather and Wombat. And of course Angus. At some point I decided I could comment on something (can't remember what). The place has changed so much in the time I've been visiting! Obviously there are a lot more members. There are a lot more group rides and events. When I first joined there was usually one or two bloggers. Now there are lots of different blogs, silly competitions and heaps of discussions to keep most members satisfied. I have genuinely made new and valuable friendships, even though I don't ride very often or very far. I am sure that there are many others who can say the same (about the friendships if not the amount of cycling!) Somewhere along the line my partner got curious about this cycling website I was visiting and starting lurking around himself but I'll let him tell his own story.
I sometimes wonder why there is really a place for me here, when its pretty obvious I'm not a very serious cyclist. But this is the kind of community it is. I seem to be able to make a contribution that others can relate to and I value the opportunity to do so.
Anyway I digress.The point of the post was to ask, how did you find out about AC? Did you lurk around like me for a while or just jump straight in? What's your AC story?