Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Profiles of the Week - The Hammers

AVRAM HAMMER
Nickname: Av
Year you founded the Cyclopaths: 1974 (before Creation)
Claim to Fame: I created the name "Steve-Bob"
Favorite ride on the North Shore: Used to be Wallis Sands Beach; now it's Beverly Airport.
Favorite Breakfast Spot: See above.
What bike do you ride? Lotus '82; Burley '99.
Has Drew named your bike? Lotus Levi
Brief cycling background: Yes.
What was your worst day on the bike? That's easy; Labor Day 1986; Rendered unconscious by a parked 10 wheeler.
Favorite day on the bike? Also easy. Wallis Sands round trip on the tandem. Led the pack all the way back to Newburyport. Wait ... also a one way ride from M'Head to Ogunquit with a 20 mph tailwind. 75 miles in under 4 hours!
What is your favorite bike food? Fried clams.
Most likely to say: "I don't understand the question".
Least likely to say: "Silly question".
Hidden talent: They're all displayed.

Something we don't know about you but should: I'm an open book.


LAURIE HAMMER
Year you joined the Cyclopaths: At the beginning!
Claim to Fame: See below under "Something we don't know about you but should!"
Favorite ride on the North Shore: Thru Beverly Farms and Magnolia and on
Favorite Breakfast Spot: Beverly Airport.
What bike do you ride? Burley Tandem.
Has Drew named your bike? Yes, "Fred and Ginger".
Brief cycling background: I started biking as a child and biked my way from class to dorm and back through Cambridge traffic. And I just continued.
What was your worst day on the bike? The day we stopped at the top of the Beverly Bridge and I almost fainted.
Favorite day on the bike? Round trip ride to Ogunquit.
Most likely to say: "Not so fast."
Least likely to say: "Go faster."
Hidden talent: Very good at crossword puzzles esp. NY Times on Sunday.

Something we don't know about you but should: I had a friend, Phyllis Turner, who has since passed away. One day in the late 1970's we were talking about our psychotic biking group and its travels up and down the various bike paths on the North Shore. So-o-o, she and I coined the name CYCLOPATHS! So there you have it.

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