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  • HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!

    Well if two words could describe my feelings right now they would be "holy" and "cow"! That show (The Windy Cities Tour de Fat, of course) was amazing.  The set up went smooth on Friday (almost as if we had done it before), and then Saturday was off the chain. It all started with a coffee Friday morning, it was a good cup, and nothing like a good cup of coffee to start the day off right (an aside here; I have an amazing idea for a coffee shop, its a big, giant pile of coffee beans molded and glued to look like Jaba from Star Wars and the coffee is made inside the giant Jaba statue and passed out threw a window, we call it "Java the Hut"... Awesome ...

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  • Chicago kicks off Tour de Fat real nice

    We couldnât have asked for a better start to the 2009 season.
     
    The weather was perfect, the Tour de Fat carnies were a well-oiled machine, and Chicagoans came out in force.Last year we had 1500 people come out and raise $12,000 for West Town Bikes. This year, we had 3,000 people, raising more than $20,000 (we're still counting)! Waste diversion also went from 82% diverted from the landfill to 91%.And Paul bid farewell to his Subaru in exchange for the far superior Black Sheep commuter bike.Ride On Chicago!(playing telephone)

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  • The Midwestern World is my oyster, watch me crack it.

    Holy smokes, so much fun stuff has happened since last we spoke (figuratively, of course).  Lets see, there was the Fourth of July...which was real cool.  I went with some friends and loved ones to party where the rain couldn't stop the great cruiser bike racing.  It was bracket style, it was fun.  I lost in the finals last year, so I really wanted a win in the '09 (I have been training my face off), but alas, I lost in the early heats, the competition was real fierce, not to mention bar-b-que and blue paddle make for lousy teammates.  We then said our goodbyes and sauntered off to another celebration of freedom, we showed up to the festivities blowing up... There was bean bag toss (called corn hole ...

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  • I want to trade my car for a bike in Chicago! by Vic

    Zach and NB comrades,Don't let the raised hood fool you- the putt still runs. This car was purchased brand new by my mom in 1972. There was an energy crisis back then too. Remember when you could only fill up your tank on certain days, and petrol stations ran dry? The Putt was there!Putt's good sideThis is a Toyota Carina. You are probably more familiar with the Corolla and might even think that 'Carina' is a typo. But no! The Carina was imported for only 2 years back in the day. It remains a very popular car among drag racers in Finland and Puerto Rico.So I thought Xzibit of Pimp My Ride might like The Putt. He didn't reply. Unbelievable.Whatcha think? I learned ...

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  • I want to trade my car for a bike in Chicago! by Paul

    Paul R. says "I'm ready to lead a car-free lifestyle in Chicago and trade my car for New Belgium's cool custom commuter bike."Check out his video on our Chicago Tour de Fat page on Facebook. 

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  • I want to trade my car for a bike in Chicago! by Steven

    Dear New Belgians:I write you today to describe the tattered relationship I share with my 1995 Dodge Avenger, a vehicle I wish to trade for your most excellent bicycle. My vehicle and I have grown apart and your offer of a bike in exchange for it is the trigger I've been seeking to leave her.Our relationship, like most, started in a whirlwind romance that found me head-over-heels in love with my new-found mobility. She was my first car in over ten years. We were introduced by my 90 year-old grandfather who spent the bulk of his working life on an assembly line for the former Chrysler auto company. He was a dedicated company man who drove Chrysler products his whole life. When unbeknownst ...

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  • When I get to Chicago....

    Last year I spent a whole week in Chicago for the Tour de Fat, there was time spent setting up, training volunteers, working on bikes, at the show, tearing down the show, and even a few minutes at Navy Pier (not really a high-light, barely worth mentioning really).  There was lots of work to be done, but there was also free time to be had, and not once did I get to go to Medieval Times.  I spent hours trying to talk my co-workers into it, I even tried to talk a few strangers into it, but alas, not one other person wanted to go (you can't go to Medieveal Times by yourself, its just not as fun, who are you going to ...

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  • Book of Ballyhoo Chapter 1

    Chapter 1, Book of Ballyhoo for year of our bike 2008: 1: Welcome back fans of old, and new apostles alike. The Wreckoning is upon us, and the carnies have been unleashed onto the vehicular world as we know it. 4 months until the carpocalypse (or the end of festival season for us) and between now and then we have much work to do. As each tour is launched, new tales, trials, and tribulations unfold, and if we are lucky a new city to boot. Before I proceed however, let us pour a tinge of malted adult refreshment onto the soil in the name of our brethren in Missoula and Flagstaffâ�¦wonderful towns full of wonderful bicyclesâ�¦we wonât be rolling their way this season after many ...

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  • Chicago Tour de Fat video from Klunkerbell!

    Klunkerbell working the the camera at Tour de Fat chicago 2008!

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  • Tour de Fat Chicago 2008

    Here it is, highlights from the 2008 Tour de Fat in Chicago.

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