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im - 11/04/2008 12:21:00 PM

Got this in the mail the other day: "dude, remember that awesome steamroller from the shipwreck dude; well, it got stolen a couple weeks ago. at least the the creamroller color looks rad, but it still ain't the same as the old boston baked bean frame with the threaded HS bummer dude, george" Bummer indeed. Lucky for George the creamroller is a beautiful shade of Not Stolen. Steamroller framesets should be here in a few weeks, followed shortly thereafter by Steamroller complete bikes. And for those of you who aren't into the cream color, the Steamroller will now come in black too (frames and bikes). The black complete, in fact, we have dubbed None More Black because...well, figure it out. ************************************************************************************ Big Dummy Tip O' The Day: Buy a set of those ratcheting, hook-ended tie down straps and throw them into the pocket of one of the Freeloader bags. Especially when used in conjunction with the Wideloaders (the horizontal plug-ins), these things open up the possibility of what you can carry, and if you always have them it's a no-brainer to grab the bike instead of the car, because, as David Byrne once said, "It's not just driving; it's parking." The straps transform big loads, especially unexpected big loads, from Daunting to Fun. Just make sure you attach the hooks to the frame and not to the Xtracycle plug-ins. This way you maximize load stability, plus you don't risk ripping the plug-ins right out of the frame. Big Dummy completes are coming sometime in January. BD framesets are in now, in all sizes. When asked what could be hauled on a Big Dummy, New York Doll David Johanson had this to say: -----
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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 - 11/11/2008 11:49:00…

Pal Paul in S. Africa has just purchased a Karate Monkey. He had some questions about Dingle drivetrains (2 rings, 2 cogs, no shifting). I mentioned that his 8 tooth differential was probably overkill, and that in my experience running a 4 tooth total differential (34/32t rings and 16/18t cogs,…

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O.k., before the ugliness: we were sent this link by the Ramstacker. Sort of like watching a home movie, it's mundane and intriguing at the same time. ************************************************************************************* Surly In The News I'm getting to this one a little late but I think it still bears mention. Local "fickle fashion-first…

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