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im - 5/02/2006 10:45:00 PM

I started working for Surly, as a product designer, 6 years ago. 4 ½ years ago, Wakeman moved back to Denver and I moved into the GM position he'd held. That worked out fine. Surly was still pretty small, and I had time to manage the brand and design bike stuff. But we've grown a bit since then, and I can't do both. So I made the decision, in February, to go back to what I really want to do…design and develop Surly product. I went to college, many years ago, so I could learn how to use the tools and techniques of product creation. My professional goals have always been set on finding a career that blends art with mechanics. Purchasing, accounting, personnel management and all of the business dookie that goes along with being a GM of present-day Surly doesn't fit into that plan. The new Surly GM is Jolly Green Peter Redin…also known, by his adoring fans, as Snacky P. Peter has been our international sales guy for many years, so he knows the product and he knows our market. He loves spreadsheets, long walks on the beach, endless meetings, vanilla-scented candles, bar graphs, fizzy raspberry bubble baths, product status reports, Fabreze, half-caf soy almond lattes with a sprinkle of nutmeg and brown sugar, white wine spritzers, and all things Yanni. With this going for him, we think Peter has what it takes to steer the Surly shortbus to world domination. Congratulations, Snacky. What does this mean to you? Well, now that there are 5 Surlys instead of 4, you should get better customer service all around. Look forward to better fill rate, more product selection, and new glossy packaging featuring unicorn holograms. -----
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About Brother David Sunshine

Dave Gray is a product designer at Surly Bikes and was the second employee to be brought into the Surly fold. Dave is the brain behind such products as the Big Dummy, Pugsley, 24 Pack Rack, and numerous other cargo related items. Dave has a penchant for carrying things with his bike many people would have difficulty fitting into their car. To say Dave knows cargo would be a gross understatement. Dave is like the mist, briefly descending, only to disappear into the forest again, but if you need to find him, head to the deep slop and listen for the sounds of freestyling. That is where you’ll find him.

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im - 5/05/2006 11:26:00…

From the mailbag this morning: hey you surly folk - started with a 1X1 a few years ago. it rocks at going over rocks, around rocks, even under rocks occasionally when i'm in the right place. then rock gardens started getting easier and i thought a fixie might make them…

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im - 5/01/2006 10:13:00…

Is there a better way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon than riding around with your buddies, drinking beer, listening to James Brown on my mobile soundsystem and "dancing" under a bridge? You decide. -----

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