Paul's Open Road
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Costa Mesa, CA
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Former professional cyclist Paul Deem knew he wanted to ride bikes for a living. At age fourteen, Paul was already cycling—but not everyone in his life agreed with this path. "I've been 6-foot, 185 pounds since I was fourteen years old. So, the football coach wanted me to play football; the basketball coach wanted me to play basketball. I showed up in the locker room with shaved legs," he says. Four years later, Paul went to the Olympics. In 1981, however, he called his cycling career quits and went to work for Merrill Lynch, something he called a "real job." But Paul couldn't get the open road out of his head, and went back to working in cycling full time at his retail shop.