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Homie Is Dead.  Long Live The Homie.

The Homie Fall Fest has been a regular event around these parts since Surly was a wee tot.  Every autumn for more than a decade the Homie has marked the end of the warm weather riding season, like the first flakes driven on a cold wind before the storm hits.  Throughout the years it has morphed and changed but last year it buckled under the weight of its own blood alcohol content, size, stupidity, and lack of actual dirt riding.  So back to the roots.  Today finds this in the inbox:

"Homie's dead!  But the Foamy Autumn Aufroad Classic is on for this Saturday, Oct. 30th at High noon.  This event is meant to celebrate the death of the homie and the birth of the Foamy. The Foamy is a offroad singlespeed rally in the woods. Be prepared to ride or don’t show up. You have been warned.   Meeting location will be announced later this week and it won’t be a bar."


Here's the flier:



Foamy Autumn Aufroad Classic

October 30th at High Noon


What: Singlespeed Rally. Bikes, Buds and Barley!


Where: Meet at Trails - to be discloses 24 hours prior the event.


What to Bring: Single speed, beer and the proper attitude.  Costumes strongly recommended.




Bikes with gears will be met with sneers. Cable cutters will be on site.


This event is about riding, not leaning your bike against a tree and standing around.


It is a mass start lap event. The number of laps is up to you.  Safety breaks between laps are strongly recommended.


There will be a prize for the biggest Whiner, not the Weiner!


Fabulously shitting prizes will be awarded to other categories such as best crash, safest rider, and most unsafe costume etc.

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About Chest Rockwell

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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