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    Duke's on fire?

    Quick question..

    I'll try to ride down to Queen later today, but I hear that the whole block is on fire...

    Hope that the home to my Ellsworth, Santa Cruz, and Specialized FSR is OK

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    I was just watching the coverage and this was the first thing that crossed my mind, it is basically the exact spot they described, but there is so much smoke on TV it is hard to tell.

    Fingers crossed that nothing happened.

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    Uh oh!

    That does not look good...

    http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_19772.aspx
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    Quote from CBC:

    By about 7.30 a.m., the fire had destroyed Duke's Cycle in a building
    five doors down from where the blaze began. The bicycle store - a
    destination for cyclists for 95 years - had collapsed.

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    what a shame! great group of folks work there and take care a lot of toronto' cycling needs. All the best to Gary and the rest of the dukes crew, not to mention the folks that live in the buildings. i hope everyone is OK.

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    Ah geez...

    I heard about the fire this morning and had thought it was on the other side of Bathurst, away from Dukes...My wife on the other hand, feared for the worst and she was sadly right...

    I've bought many things at that shop and visit it a number of times a year. The guys have always been very helpful, friendly and fair...

    Hopefully the only damage has been material damage and that no one has been hurt...
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    I wonder how many people are waking up and realizing that there bike was in for service at Duke's. That's the sort of paperwork that can take months to sort out with their insurance company.

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    Man I remember walking into that store a yr ago for a few parts. Good service and people, will be missed for sure

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    Word on the street is that no one was hurt thankfully.

    Dukes sold me my first bike and all the accessories. The group of people there was awesome.

    I hope they return bigger and better once all this gets sorted out.

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    I am a member of the Lapdogs, Duke's club/race team I have to say I'm shaken this is so heart breaking to see happen. My thoughts go out to the Duke family, Michael, Mark, Greg and everyone else who works at the shop. We'll be here when you rebuild, let us know if you need anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    I wonder how many people are waking up and realizing that there bike was in for service at Duke's. That's the sort of paperwork that can take months to sort out with their insurance company.
    I fall into that category but I'm just glad nobody was hurt. Bikes can be replaced, people can't. My sympathies to everyone at Duke's and the neighbouring shops and homes.

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    Sad news, glad to hear no one was hurt.
    I was heading up their way this weekend and was going to check out their store for the first time...

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    Very sad news. Sorry to all those that are regulars at that shop, and of course all who work and own it
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    OH....

    Crrrap!!!

    My favorite bike shop, 4 bikes bought there. Good cannondale service, easy going sales staff. Never a problem with advice.

    Duke's rebulit please!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fizol
    Duke's rebulit please!!!!!!
    Keeping my fingers crossed
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    Always tragic when a family loses a business

    Very few well known family run businesses left in this country. Always tragic and strikes to the heart for the family. They will return, but will suffer terribly for the next year or more from loss of income, and insurance, paperwork, lawyer, legal system headaches.
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    Hopefully they get back up and running quickly. My regards to anyone affected.

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    wow i was just there for the first time ever last week, always wanted to see the place lucky i did in time.

    I feel bad for them and the staff

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    I just got home and an watching it on the news.
    I hope all are OK.
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    I got my Cervelo and Kona from there. Sad day indeed. Dukes was/is one of my favorite bike stores to purchase items from.

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    that's the only bike shop I felt really comfortable in... bought my helmet, new shoes, new pedals and some other accessories from there ... the staff are great... Mike, Mark and the rest...

    ahh that totally is heartbreaking to look at... I was going to stop in after I recovered from my broken leg to look at road bikes...

    it was only a 15 minute walk from my work...

    my favorite pizza place is gone too...

    they'll get back on their feet I am sure... lucky nobody was hurt...
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    Gary Duke has already said he's going to rebuild it wherever he can, so I suspect they'll be back at it later this year or early '09.

    It'll be strange not to see them at the bike show in a few weeks

    I bought my RFX there many years ago, great place with great people.

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    Mark said they will be at the bike show and are hoping to get something up and running in the next couple of weeks. He mentioned something about a "fire sale" on YouTube.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=9dqY8waNY8E

    Glad to see they are staying positive and optimistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace
    Mark said they will be at the bike show and are hoping to get something up and running in the next couple of weeks. He mentioned something about a "fire sale" on YouTube.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=9dqY8waNY8E

    Glad to see they are staying positive and optimistic.
    Good luck with the fire sale thing...I was speaking with a videographer from Global at the scene yesterday...tells me that all of the bikes have melted into a "solid mass"...and those tires sure can burn.

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    Cool!

    Glad to hear they will be at the show...
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    what a shame. I've known Gary Duke and family since the early 80's, I'm confident they'll bounce back asap.

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    start point

    Was anyone able to see/ hear where the fire started?

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    There is another Duke's

    Same original family, different family tree branch.

    Apparently, one of the original brothers cut out on his own and started a shop near the new suburbs of Islington in the 50's. Place is still there, Duke's Source for Sports, 3876 Bloor Street West , Etobicoke (just west of Kipling and near Kipling Subway station).

    Didn't succeed much in bikes (but still sells family bikes for under $1000), but is one of the best places in the city for hockey equipment and service (used, affordable, and high end). Same family values, some family service.

    I went there frequently to trade in bikes for my ever growing girls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smiley
    Was anyone able to see/ hear where the fire started?
    The word on the street is that a makeshift meth lab in a basement apartment of one of the buildings east of Duke's caught fire. This may be why the fire department wasn't on hand earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photograph
    The word on the street is that a makeshift meth lab in a basement apartment of one of the buildings east of Duke's caught fire. This may be why the fire department wasn't on hand earlier.
    That's a rumour only according to this report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JM01
    Good luck with the fire sale thing...I was speaking with a videographer from Global at the scene yesterday...tells me that all of the bikes have melted into a "solid mass"...and those tires sure can burn.
    Their insurance will cover the loss of the stock, then the melted mass becomes property of the insurance company.

    So don't expect a fire sale.


    I really hope they can get something together in time for the bike show. Hopefully all the distributors can get them enough stock to get a booth together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baulz
    Their insurance will cover the loss of the stock, then the melted mass becomes property of the insurance company.

    So don't expect a fire sale.


    I really hope they can get something together in time for the bike show. Hopefully all the distributors can get them enough stock to get a booth together.
    maybe in time for Ash Wednesday?
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    http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_19846.aspx

    news story from last night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chowyunslim
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dqY8waNY8E

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    As it was happening I thought the fire was a few blocks down from Duke's - when I found out it was Duke's - what a shock! I was just in there with my wife a few weeks ago for the first time. All the guys were very courteous and helpful. I had a long interesting discussion with Mark and I left the shop contemplating picking up one of the liquid blue Chameleon frames hanging from the ceiling. It's still hard to believe.

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    A real shame. I've been using Duke's for maintenance for years now. Hopefully everyone is ok
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