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im - 8/26/2008 11:39:00 AM

More Stolen Bikes MPLS Hello God It's Me Johnny and his lovely wife had their rides lifted recently. Be on the lookout. He writes: "My wife and I just had our bikes stolen from 24th St. and 5th Ave S tonight. This is a big bummer mostly because my wife finally had a bike that she was in love with and was commuting to work on. You will be taken care if you lead us to our steeds. (612)245-4095. Thanks, Johnny Hers: Surly 1x1, Black, 14" Frame Ritchey flat bar, stem and seat post Avid BB7 disc brakes Truvativ Stylo Gigapipe crank set WTB saddle, Speed V Front Wheel: Hutchinson Python tire, XT hub, Mustang disc tubeless rim Rear Wheel: Continental tire, Surly hub, WTB rim His: Surly Karate Monkey, Black, 16" Frame DT Swiss 240 hubs, DT Swiss 7.1 rims Cromoto stem Motoace bell lap bars(wrapped in red tape) Sachs Ergo Power 8 speed levers Avid BB7 disc brakes" XTR 952 rear derailleur XTR 970 from derailleur XTR 900 crank set 2 chain rings 34/46 XTR 959 pedals Selle Italia SLR white saddle" Bummer. Perhaps Johnny should try contacting this guy. ************************************************************************************* IN OTHER NEWS, there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding surrounding the lurking dangers of toe overlap. T.O. is one of those subjects that we receive questions about fairly often, as do most bike companies big and small. Dave Moulton wrote a good bit about it that I think is worth a read. I won't repeat all he has said so well already, but I would like to emphasize that T.O. seems to concern people in a manner disproportionate to any actual cause for concern. I know some of you will disagree, and I'd wager that at least one of you reading this is already frantically typing me an impassioned email in which you share your personal toe overlap horror story, but in my considerable experience both riding and working in the bike biz I have found that most people are smart enough to stop pedaling during the incredibly brief window of opportunity when T.O. can occur. And I can already hear some of you shouting "What about fixed gears, genius?!" Well, what about them? If T.O. was a big deal on fixies this industry would surely by now have been deluged in a tsunami wave of medical bills stemming from T.O.-induced crashes by urban hipsters. T.O. is all sound and fury. ************************************************************************************* And as if on cue, pal Sven sends this: starwarsx600 Now go for a ride. -----
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When not writing some of the words that Surly uses to convey information about their products and life position, Chest enjoys a stunning array of adventurous and rewarding endeavors. He is an internationally known entrepreneur and businessman, an award-winning architect, and has trekked the perimeter of China, unsupported, overland on bicycle, on foot, and on skis. He fluently speaks eight languages, including Icelandic, which is considered to be one of the world's most difficult languages to master. He is an avid skydiver. He designs spacecraft for NASA. He has been in no less than twenty-one feature films and is considered the world's leading authority on the healing properties of snake venom. He has built a popular reputation as a funnyman, appearing in cameo roles on various popular television shows primarily in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and is the author of sixteen books about achieving one's potential. He is a motivational speaker drawing on his experiences in combat, for which he was awarded two purple hearts, and is a personal life coach to celebrities and notable figures worldwide. In his spare time he enjoys music, bicycles, writing, and spending time with his family. In other words, he's totally perfect, so don’t worry about it.

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im - 9/02/2008 09:53:00…

First, Blake wants you to know about this, happening at the Bedlam Theater on MPLS's west bank: Hey, that's tonight. Isn't there something else going on this weekend? Oh yeah... Being that this is Halloween weekend, costumes, though not mandatory, are encouraged. At all times. Brauer has his picked out…

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im - 8/19/2008 02:19:00…

In the mailbag from Cornbread: What up Andy! Got the LHT built up and took her out for a spin this past weekend. Several of my buddies and I rode from Lincoln, NE to Ponca, NE (155 miles) and camped. Then four of us rode back the next day. It…

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