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A Not-So-Easy Ride

Former Bandido Now Focuses On His Book, Businesses, Family Life

May 7, 2008

He was known as "Connecticut Ed" in the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, where he served for years as an organizer and international ambassador. Outlaw biker is one of many hats worn by North Branford native Edward Winterhalder. Others have included musician and songwriter, motorcycle and heavy equipment mechanic, husband and father, business owner and author.

Winterhalder's new book, "The Assimilation" (ECW Press, $24.95), is due out in June. Co-authored by Wil De Clercq and subtitled "Rock Machine Become Bandidos — Bikers United Against the Hells Angels," the book details Winterhalder's efforts to take Canadian bikers into the Bandidos' fold amid a bloody war in Quebec.

That effort ultimately failed, and for various reasons, Winterhalder quit the Bandidos in 2003. It was a bitter split, but Winterhalder, 52, says he's happy now that the club has no claim on his time.

The self-described workaholic — who lives in Owasso, Okla., with his wife, Caroline, and 15-year-old daughter, Taylor — heads eight businesses under the banner Blockhead City (, including construction, finance and entertainment companies. He's also recorded several albums under the name "Warren Winters," has written and contributed to other books about the biker life and is now marketing a new TV series about real bikers.

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