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    Where Surly and Xtracycle got it rong and I got it wright

    So, I've had my *cringe* Big Dummy for almost three weeks now and have rolled out almost 200 commuter miles of grocery runs, happy hours, golf outings, and trips to work, and I couldn't be happier with my new steed. She's much stiffer and nimble than my 'ol GT Avalanche with Free Radical conversion.

    So, what's my beef and where do I think Surly got it oh so wrong.

    My friend and I were downtown enjoying pizza and beers. I had just come from the golf course and still had my clubs strapped to the back. It was a street cafe/restaurant and we were seated outside within sight and earshot of our bikes so we could see the gawkers stop to admire my sexy muh-cheen. My friend commented to the affect that my bike gets more stares than than those penis stretchers (i.e. Corvettes, Porsches, etc) that 50-year-old men drive in their mid-life crises. My response was, "yeah, she's one sexy *****".

    And that's when it struck me that the moniker Big Dummy is oh so wrong. This machine is way too eye catching and beautiful for such a pedestrian tag. So, I'm here to rally the troops, no longer will this statuesque ride be saddled with the designation of Big Dummy. From heretofore, she shall be known as.......BIG SEXY. Who's with me? Let's go!...ahhhhhhhh! *runs out of the room like John Belushi in Animal House*.

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    no no i don't get how you understand the mid-life crisis/fast car and then come up with a name that has the same effect.

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    I've hauled the strangest **** off the sides of my dummy and not gotten a second look. No one really cares.

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    People around San Jose, CA think Iím just some homeless guy when I am hauling stuff around town, to/from the grocery store and such.
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    I think I like Big Dummy more. Sorry.

    I just don't think it's a 'sexy' bike. I love it, and I think it's totally radical, but not 'sexy'.

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    Someone just IM'd me to say...

    they settled on Big Dummy because Large Retard just didn't roll off the tongue.

    I'm still goin' with Big Sexy.

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    That's a really interesting take on it. Personally, the one think I never liked about the BD is the way it looks. It is easily the ugliest bike I have. It is also the most practical. It gets ridden every day, and never complains.

    If the name is going to change I would vote for something like "big ugly bike that makes more sense than anything else, mostly." Maybe a better name would be something like...

    "Big Dummy."

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    I think Surly did a fine job.



    Fix what you do not like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keener View Post
    I think Surly did a fine job.



    Fix what you do not like.
    Awesome! If I could only find a sticker in the same font that said "Sexy".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bong_Crosby View Post
    Awesome! If I could only find a sticker in the same font that said "Sexy".
    You want to go around looking like you're having a mid-life crisis but you can't afford the car?

    Quote Originally Posted by dundundata View Post
    no no i don't get how you understand the mid-life crisis/fast car and then come up with a name that has the same effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bong_Crosby View Post
    Awesome! If I could only find a sticker in the same font that said "Sexy".
    Take that pic to any sign maker and show them the font and tell them what you want your sticker to say. You'll have a custom sticker that day.
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    Last edited by tl1; 06-01-2011 at 03:41 PM. Reason: pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bong_Crosby View Post
    Awesome! If I could only find a sticker in the same font that said "Sexy".
    I scraped the letter(s) off and repainted by hand. More of my edit

    One pedal goes down
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    I don't think it is ugly...



    ok, I don't think MINE is ugly....

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    Da-yum!

    Nice. And a partially consumed twelver of PBR...definitely not ugly.

    What size and model of Maxxis tires are those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregclimbs View Post
    I don't think it is ugly...
    ok, I don't think MINE is ugly....
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    The SkyStone contrasting with the black looks very good, and I may be mistaken, but I think it's the similar colour contrast from the Blue Ribbon that sets the bike off so well.

    Bad news: I believe you'll have to carry a supply of Blue Ribbon around to be absolutely ensure avoidance of an "ugly" label.
    Hard to take, but it may be necessary...
    Sacrifices must be made.

    omg
    matching pedals or shopped?

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    the wheels are maxxis hookworm 2.5s on wtb 32mm rims...

    more details here:

    My Racing Dummy...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    The SkyStone contrasting with the black looks very good, and I may be mistaken, but I think it's the similar colour contrast from the Blue Ribbon that sets the bike off so well.

    Bad news: I believe you'll have to carry a supply of Blue Ribbon around to be absolutely ensure avoidance of an "ugly" label.
    Hard to take, but it may be necessary...
    Sacrifices must be made.

    omg
    matching pedals or shopped?
    the blue ribbon is for a local race we do... drink a beer, do a lap, repeat.

    usually off road, this one was on road. I raced my hipster bike (carried to event with blue ribbon on the dummy - look carefully on the wide loader and you will spy an old yakima fork mount and wheel tray).

    the pedals are in fact blue mallets. they made them as a promo item of interbike a few years ago. I was lucky enough to find a pair.



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    Quote Originally Posted by gregclimbs View Post
    I don't think it is ugly...



    ok, I don't think MINE is ugly....

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    Such a pretty dummy!
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    I haven't seen an ugly BD yet...

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    They sure are BIG, but such a ride is SMART. Cars bad and bikes good so a more appropriate name would be the BIG SMARTIE! Gregclimbs big smartie sure is one beautiful bike but me thinks it deserves better beer! Also, the Maxxis Hookworms make for great big smartie rubber-you can run them with low pressure and they still roll fast and wear long. Highly recommended.

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    Well I don't like your alternative suggestion, I do get a double take when people ask what kind of bike it is and I say its a "Big Dummy". But I think it'd be too late to change now with their years of history. Short of a complete redesigned new model, I don't think we'll see any official new names for this bike.
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    I agree with your disagreeing! I didn't mean to imply Surly should actually change the name of this model-"Big Smartie" is worse in fact than "Big Dummy"...but I do think everyone with a dum-dum should come up with their own more original, personalized name, after all no two are exactly alike (exception of un-pimped stock version-zzzzz). I call mine "Mr. Fondu"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keener View Post
    I scraped the letter(s) off and repainted by hand. More of my edit

    Iíll see you a Surly Burly and raise you a Surly Burley:



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    Oh man how I wish I had a picture of "Mr. Fondu", (my Dummy), pulling our TWO Burley's! Now that's a royal flush! Or maybe just a "Crazy train-all aboard!!!" PS-Hey porksnacker, I see you enjoy the good beer!!! I wonder how many cases of Sierra Nevada and Ale Assylum one could safely haul on a Dummy with two trailers?! Never mind the safely part! Who's up for an experiment and then an epic party?!

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