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im - 11/13/2006 10:50:00 AM

I'm sure some of you out there like those fancy "clothiers" that supply at high mark-up the appearance of a life you don't actually live. You know what I'm talking about... places like Abercrombie&Fitch or J.Crew, where for only hundreds and hundreds of dollars you too can look sort of like you might have a cabin in Maine (instead of a studio with a mini microwave and a dorm fridge), a well-groomed and charmingly playful springer spaniel (instead of a goldfish floating in algae), and a statuesque, chisel-jawed boy or girl by your side, wind-swept hair perfectly messy as you motor to the general store in your impeccably restored panel truck. Me, I can't get behind that sort of hoopla, but more power to you. Especially now that you have an alternative to the panel truck. The disturbing thing for me isn't the price but that it's actually a pretty cool looking bike. It's even made, as it says on the page, of tubular steel & rubber (not counting the basket, evidently), so it looks more rustic than your $6000 carbon fiber whatever which hangs on your wall currently, though both will remain unridden, unhappy, and unencumbered by purpose. Yet another perfect accessory for that disappointing lie you call a life. -----
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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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im - 11/19/2006 09:32:00…

Occasionally, we get questions about how to haul a Pugsley with an automobile roof rack. Pugsley uses an offset 135mm-spaced fork, so it won't simply plug into a fork-mount type of rack. Some racks will allow the retrofit of a longer dummy axle to accommodate the wider-than-standard fork dropout spacing.…

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im - 11/09/2006 09:00:00…

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIDE REPORT I am the passenger And I ride and I ride I ride through the city's back side I see the stars come out of the sky They're bright in a hollow sky And it looks so good tonight... -Iggy Pop A big, bright moon, illuminating reddish-purple…

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