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    Lance yellow bracelet. Is it cool?

    I'm just wondering something. The local DJ here is talking about how people are now wearing the Lance bracelet because it's the "cool" thing to do fashion wise right now. While he isn't questioning what Lance is trying to do he thinks it's pretty bad people are just buying them to look in. Like some people buying 10 and wearing them all at once. People have called in both supporting and slamming what he's saying. One guy called in saying his daughter is begging for one because "all the cool kids are wearing them". He's all for what Lance is doing but doesn't like the fact that people are selling them on e-bay for 10 bucks each. What's you're thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashedandburned
    I'm just wondering something. The local DJ here is talking about how people are now wearing the Lance bracelet because it's the "cool" thing to do fashion wise right now. While he isn't questioning what Lance is trying to do he thinks it's pretty bad people are just buying them to look in. Like some people buying 10 and wearing them all at once. People have called in both supporting and slamming what he's saying. One guy called in saying his daughter is begging for one because "all the cool kids are wearing them". He's all for what Lance is doing but doesn't like the fact that people are selling them on e-bay for 10 bucks each. What's you're thoughts?
    Sooo 10 minutes ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashedandburned
    I'm just wondering something. The local DJ here is talking about how people are now wearing the Lance bracelet because it's the "cool" thing to do fashion wise right now. While he isn't questioning what Lance is trying to do he thinks it's pretty bad people are just buying them to look in. Like some people buying 10 and wearing them all at once. People have called in both supporting and slamming what he's saying. One guy called in saying his daughter is begging for one because "all the cool kids are wearing them". He's all for what Lance is doing but doesn't like the fact that people are selling them on e-bay for 10 bucks each. What's you're thoughts?
    Sadly I think folks have them because they are trendy. However Elliot is a lazy idiot who surounds himself with some of the biggest rednecks in Northern Va. He is like the demi god of white trash. Don't listen to a word he says about the Live Strong Bands being silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Savage
    However Elliot is a lazy idiot who surounds himself with some of the biggest rednecks in Northern Va. He is like the demi god of white trash. Don't listen to a word he says about the Live Strong Bands being silly.
    I can agree with some of that, but I think he's hilarious. I have had to turn off my radio a few times in fear of my gag reflex going off with some of the things he's paid Kyle to do. Doesn't that boy have ANY self respect???? The horse thing the other week was a great example.

    I don't believe he's slamming what Lance is doing, just the fact people are buying them to look trendy and how (supposedly) more and more people are wear symbolic bracelets for different reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashedandburned
    What's you're thoughts?
    Who cares as long as the money raised goes towards cancer research? Lots of good things in life are done for the wrong reasons. It's like all the trendy people with messenger bags, it keeps those companies in business and still provides me with a bag for commuting. Why should I care if some people use it as a sign of social status? The money goes to the people I respect, whether they are bicycle accessory manufacturers or cancer researchers. In the end, it's all good.

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    Two comments

    If you have to ask if something's cool then it's not.

    Elliott is a moron (but an entertaining one). I got pissed of at him for busting on Christopher Reves after he died. That was pretty tasteless.

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    It's funny, really...

    A $1 yellow rubber band being a "cool" fashion statement.

    I wear mine because my mother is a cancer survior and I think cause is a good one to support.

    I've wondered "when" I should stop wearing it??? I'm not sure I ever will...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksechler
    If you have to ask if something's cool then it's not.

    Elliott is a moron (but an entertaining one). I got pissed of at him for busting on Christopher Reves after he died. That was pretty tasteless.
    I agree. But then again, his job is to "stir the pot". I don't agree with everything he says or does but when that happens, I just turn off my radio.

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    Agreed.

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    money

    I think that the a-holes that sell them on ebay just to get a profit should die. Trying to make money off of a cancer fund? wow....pretty low
    i think if you can get your hands on a few (good luck) sell them on ebay for $10 a piece then send that money to lance....why not

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    Making money for cancer research is a wonderful thing. If it means people are wearing little yellow bracelets as a fashion statement then so be it. Who knows maybe some of them will start riding too.
    People selling them for a profit on Ebay though are just soo soo lame!!!!!

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    Nah, if you're wearing it for the right reason...

    I've had mine since the Spring when they were first released. The main reason (besides the fact that I'm a fan of Lance) that I felt compelled to buy them was a personal friend that was battling liver cancer. She has since passed away and I still wear mine in honor of her. I know that a lot of younger people wear them because it's the trendy thing to do. My babysitter saw mine and asked me where I got it, I gave her the story and she stated that she'd come close to buying one off of e-bay...for more than a buck obviously. I gave her one of the few that I have left. At 41 I really don't care about how trendy I am, I wear it for it's intended purpose.

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    Supports a great cause and raises awareness of cycling - cool! Cool for me anyhow...Not sure about the "fasion" statement element though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashedandburned
    I'm just wondering something. The local DJ here is talking about how people are now wearing the Lance bracelet because it's the "cool" thing to do fashion wise right now.
    I think it's much more "cool" if people just sent the foundation some money and didn't worry about getting their bracelets. I would tend to agree with his questioning of why people are wearing them, but then again there's no test to determine whether or not you are 'worthy' to have them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksechler
    If you have to ask if something's cool then it's not.

    Elliott is a moron (but an entertaining one). .

    Yah the he died you win bit is always funny. Think he'll have one for Arafat?

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    Questioning or doubting the motives of people contributing to a charity is one of the wankiest and most uncharitable things a person can do. It is as bad as buying them to make a profit on Ebay. Unfortunately there are quite a few wankers out there.
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    I wear mine because the yellow really compliments the hazel of my eyes.

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    I don't know. I can't find a lot of fault that kids find it cool to support cancer charities. Yeah, some scumbag is milking these off of ebay but it still adds up to more money for the LAF.

    There are a few around school here. I've broken two of mine already. I have a 3rd that has a tear in it so I wear it carefully. If I could find some locally I'd buy a couple more as spares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorcher seb
    Questioning or doubting the motives of people contributing to a charity is one of the wankiest and most uncharitable things a person can do. It is as bad as buying them to make a profit on Ebay. Unfortunately there are quite a few wankers out there.
    IMO the wankers are those that would buy their bracelets from any source other than LAF direct, just because they want to have one. If you really support the cause, send some dough their way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weasel
    I think it's much more "cool" if people just sent the foundation some money and didn't worry about getting their bracelets. I would tend to agree with his questioning of why people are wearing them.
    Yea... let's think about that... How much do you suppose LAF got before the bracelets... then after? Of course it is a good thing to donate to a charity with no hopes of some personal benefit, but how do you think those donations compare to the 'yellow bracelet" phenomenon? Who cares why they wear them anyway? I would rather dedicate that mental energy towards biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorJD
    I've had mine since the Spring when they were first released. The main reason (besides the fact that I'm a fan of Lance) that I felt compelled to buy them was a personal friend that was battling liver cancer. She has since passed away and I still wear mine in honor of her. I know that a lot of younger people wear them because it's the trendy thing to do. My babysitter saw mine and asked me where I got it, I gave her the story and she stated that she'd come close to buying one off of e-bay...for more than a buck obviously. I gave her one of the few that I have left. At 41 I really don't care about how trendy I am, I wear it for it's intended purpose.
    I've had mine since they were first released. My father(about 6 yrs ago) and my father in law(last year) both passed away from cancer so it means alot. A few people at my work told me that I was gay for wearing a yellow bracelet. When I told them what it stood for, they asked if they could have one. I refused to give them one and told them where to get them. In retrospect, I should've just given them one but I didn't appreciate the judgement they made before even knowing what the bracelet was about.

    It does seem like it is the "in" thing to do and I know alot of riders that are irritated that the yellow bracelet has gotten to that point. I could care less if it is cool or not. I wear it for the reasons stated above.

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    Why not....

    Encourage the trend and get those same fashion concious kids to think about the cause that's making them cool. Then get them to sign up for the Ride for the Roses so they can meet the man live. It's really all about Lance bringing attention to such a worthy cause while he's still in the lime light. Burn it bright for LAF. That's my view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Bob
    Encourage the trend and get those same fashion concious kids to think about the cause that's making them cool.
    That made me remember the "hip" chain smoking dood sporting the bracelet that I saw last week.

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    They should be made in different colors like these...

    http://www.sex-bracelets.com/

    So not only will you be showing your support for cancer survivors*, you will showing everyone your sexual prowess.

    (I don't have any of either of these bands)
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    Quote Originally Posted by firefox
    Yea... let's think about that... How much do you suppose LAF got before the bracelets... then after? Of course it is a good thing to donate to a charity with no hopes of some personal benefit, but how do you think those donations compare to the 'yellow bracelet" phenomenon? Who cares why they wear them anyway? I would rather dedicate that mental energy towards biking.

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    Your reasoning is all wrong. I didn't make a judgement as to whether or not it is/was bad for LAF, but simply stated that people are wearing them for different reasons. Yes, even as a 'fashion statement'. And that's the lame part. Yes the foundation has garnered lots of attention and additional donations through the bracelets recognition, but unfortunately LAF is also getting screwed by counterfitters and those who buy them from sellers seeking profit simpy because they think it's 'cool' to have one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    They should be made in different colors ...
    They are. Search "baller". Thank nike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashedandburned
    What are your thoughts?
    I didn't pay for mine; it was a gift from a friend of Sheryl Crow.

    I wear it most days. When I look at it, it reminds me that even though I have cancer, I should try to appreciate each day and treat everyone with respect. That's what "Live Strong" means to me under the circumstances.

    I like to watch Lance ride in the Tour. His victories help me a great deal.

    Don't underestimate the power of his example to give people hope. The wristbands remind me of hope no matter who wears them or why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weasel
    Your reasoning is all wrong.
    Specifically, which reasoning is all wrong? You said you would agree to his questioning why people wear them. I think that criticizing the fashion phenomenon independent of the monetary benefit seems a bit misplaced. It would be quite difficult to generate the fiscal benefit seen from this event had it not become so trendy. They are one in the same. It is unlikely to have one and not the other... and vice versa. If it benefits a good cause... no one should worry. These same people are gonna spend their money on things they deem fashionable regardless, be happy they are spending it on the LAF.


    Quote Originally Posted by The Weasel
    I didn't make a judgement as to whether or not it is/was bad for LAF, but simply stated that people are wearing them for different reasons.
    I didn't say you did...

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    Yes, even as a 'fashion statement'. And that's the lame part.
    Who cares if it is lame or fashionable?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Weasel
    Yes the foundation has garnered lots of attention and additional donations through the bracelets recognition, but unfortunately LAF is also getting screwed by counterfitters and those who buy them from sellers seeking profit simpy because they think it's 'cool' to have one.
    A side effect of all things of this nature. Impossible to avoid as they come hand in hand.


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    Whatever, dude. I'm glad you think it's ok for people to benefit financially and illegaly from LAF's idea. My opinion is that people who cheat the LAF by selling for personal profit or buying outside the foundation for fashion purposes are lame.

    "These same people are gonna spend their money on things they deem fashionable regardless, be happy they are spending it on the LAF."

    Once again, many are not. They buy fakes or 'for profit' bracelets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weasel
    Whatever, dude. I'm glad you think it's ok for people to benefit financially and illegaly from LAF's idea. My opinion is that people who cheat the LAF by selling for personal profit or buying outside the foundation for fashion purposes are lame.

    "These same people are gonna spend their money on things they deem fashionable regardless, be happy they are spending it on the LAF."

    Once again, many are not. They buy fakes or 'for profit' bracelets.
    Classic! You say one thing, but when challenged to substantiate it you respond with "whatever dude" and follow it up with more inaccurate statements... Let your brilliance shine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefox
    Classic! You say one thing, but when challenged to substantiate it you respond with "whatever dude" and follow it up with more inaccurate statements... Let your brilliance shine.

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    Wrongo! I originally said I might question why some people have them. You took my original comment and edited it to suit to your argument without taking the full context of the comment into consideration.
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    Couple of thoughts to add here.

    Not sure if someone's mentioned this, but the LAF foundation and the proceeds from the LiveStrong wristbands do not go to cancer research, per se. At least not in the sense that you might be thinking of. They towards supporting families and children of cancer survivors or those living with cancer. So if you're going to claim to wear it for a good cause, at least understand why you're wearing it.

    I wear one. Well, several - some have broken and I've replaced them. But I've had one on my right wrist since June, when LAF first announced this initiative, when the first advertised in Bicycling magazine and the like. Not knowing that this would take off as some fashion statement, I immediately embraced this simple token for two reasons: a) I've lost several family members to cancer and have an aunt who's a cancer survivor - I wear this in honor of them, and b) I wear the bracelet as a 'badge' of sorts to my cycling hobby. Obviously the latter reason quickly become wholly irrelevant seeing as just about any schmoe now wears a LiveStrong wristband for a variety of reasons under the sun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weasel
    Wrongo! I originally said I might question why some people have them. You took my original comment and edited it to suit to your argument without taking the full context of the comment into consideration.
    Shine on super star!
    R-E-A-D what I wrote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefox
    R-E-A-D what I wrote.

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    Exactly!
    Here's me - I think people who wear them as a fashion statement are lame, but I realize LAF benefits even from this. Who am I to judge who's worthy to wear them. But it's unfortunate that LAF gets screwed by counterfitters and for profit sellers

    Here's you - it does't matter. LAF is better off with the exposure.

    Here's me - I didn't make a judgement as to whether or not it is/was bad for LAF, but simply stated that people are wearing them for different reasons. Yes, even as a 'fashion statement'. And that's the lame part.

    Here's you - Who cares if it is lame or fashionable?

    Here's me - It's just my opinion, not docterine. I'm not the fashion police.

    Here's you - it does't matter. LAF is better off with the exposure. Money and exposure come hand in hand.

    Here's me - I recognize that dumb ass! I'm just saying there's an unfortunate side

    Here you - Classic! You say one thing, but when challenged to substantiate it you respond with "whatever dude" and follow it up with more inaccurate statements...

    Here's me - I can't say two things?

    Here's you - ...... (awaiting)
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    I had one for a while, until it broke. I didn't wear it because it was "in" or "cool" or "hip". I wore it because everyday I go out into the world and give all I can give... whether it's academic or physical. It took a trip to Philmont until I recognized this. We only have one life, you can do anything once, so you might as well just try your hardest and make the most of it. Push yourself at whatever your talents may be... mine just happen to be both academic and physical (snowboarding, biking, open-boating). You can sport the LiveSTRONG band as long as you are living strong... mentally and/or physically. Make the best of your life, and the best for others, give all you've got every day, refuse to see tomorrow as just another day, rather an opportunity to make history. By livingstrong you are expected to do much more. Accept the challenge or take the band off.

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    I think its pretty lame that people wear it just to be cool or because its trendy. But hey, what can you do?

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    Good job!

    I'm a cancer survivor (Hodgkin's Disease (lymphoma) in 1991), went through chemo, radiation, surgery, the whole 9 yards. I ride (a lot) and I'm a huge Lance fan. So yeah, I wear one. I don't give a damn what anyone thinks about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weasel
    IMO the wankers are those that would buy their bracelets from any source other than LAF direct, just because they want to have one. If you really support the cause, send some dough their way.

    Actually, there are lots "sold" in return for contributions to local cancer charities. Many bands have been sold in countries where the LAF doesn't yet have an active presence. If someone in France buys a batch of 10 and gives 9 away in return for the recipient giving a donation to a French cancer charity, does that make that person a wanker? I don't think so, and given that both charities benefit where they might have previously received nothing, I can't see them seeing it that way either.
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    I live in a relativley secluded place, but I've never seen these for sale anywhere. I've never even seen anyone wearing one. Are they hard to come by now as some have suggested? I just read Rick Reily's editorial in SI about "Banding Together". Apparently over 20,000,000 of them have been sold with most of tha money going to help cancer victims and their families. That's cool in my book . 10 kids were disqualified from their high school cross country track final for wearing "jewelry" because they had them on. That's not cool.

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    I'm with you MTP!

    Quote Originally Posted by MTP
    I'm a cancer survivor (Hodgkin's Disease (lymphoma) in 1991), went through chemo, radiation, surgery, the whole 9 yards. I ride (a lot) and I'm a huge Lance fan. So yeah, I wear one. I don't give a damn what anyone thinks about it.
    In 1994 I had a lump removed from my thyroid that turned out to be cancerous. As a result, I had to have half of my thyroid removed and must be on medication for the rest of my life. While I didn't have to go through the hell of the treatments as you did, it was still quite the ordeal.

    So while I do believe these are currenlty in vogue (along with the blue Live Smart) bracelets, I will be wearing mine long after they are out of fashion.

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    i dont wear it

    Quote Originally Posted by crashedandburned
    I'm just wondering something. The local DJ here is talking about how people are now wearing the Lance bracelet because it's the "cool" thing to do fashion wise right now. While he isn't questioning what Lance is trying to do he thinks it's pretty bad people are just buying them to look in. Like some people buying 10 and wearing them all at once. People have called in both supporting and slamming what he's saying. One guy called in saying his daughter is begging for one because "all the cool kids are wearing them". He's all for what Lance is doing but doesn't like the fact that people are selling them on e-bay for 10 bucks each. What's you're thoughts?
    because i dont like stuff on my wrist.i did buy a box of 50 from my lbs to make the donation.i dont guess it is so bad to sell them for $10 if you can find someone stupid enough to buy it.i gave all mine away .

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashedandburned
    I'm just wondering something. The local DJ here is talking about how people are now wearing the Lance bracelet because it's the "cool" thing to do fashion wise right now. While he isn't questioning what Lance is trying to do he thinks it's pretty bad people are just buying them to look in. Like some people buying 10 and wearing them all at once. People have called in both supporting and slamming what he's saying. One guy called in saying his daughter is begging for one because "all the cool kids are wearing them". He's all for what Lance is doing but doesn't like the fact that people are selling them on e-bay for 10 bucks each. What's you're thoughts?
    they should of been made out of more earthy material like hemp rope and hippie wooden beads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashedandburned
    I'm just wondering something. The local DJ here is talking about how people are now wearing the Lance bracelet because it's the "cool" thing to do fashion wise right now. While he isn't questioning what Lance is trying to do he thinks it's pretty bad people are just buying them to look in. Like some people buying 10 and wearing them all at once. People have called in both supporting and slamming what he's saying. One guy called in saying his daughter is begging for one because "all the cool kids are wearing them". He's all for what Lance is doing but doesn't like the fact that people are selling them on e-bay for 10 bucks each. What's you're thoughts?

    Just like anything else in life. Once its cool...its not cool anymore

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    I don't think the bracelets are cool but they go to a very cool cause and thus everyone is wearing them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksechler
    If you have to ask if something's cool then it's not.

    Elliott is a moron (but an entertaining one). I got pissed of at him for busting on Christopher Reves after he died. That was pretty tasteless.
    one of my favorite radio dj's:

    a lot of superheros playing golf together one afternoon:
    batman - got my handicap down to 15 i'm doing pretty good lately whats your handicap captain america
    captain america - mines 27 i suck
    batman - yeah that sucks bad, whats yours wonderwoman
    wonderwoman - i max it out at 32
    batman - jeez you guys suck, whats your handicap superman?
    superman - i can't walk

    i don't know who writes those, and he later said it was wrong, but a week earlier they had some guy singing a song about what killed superman...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor!
    I don't think the bracelets are cool but they go to a very cool cause and thus everyone is wearing them.

    I'm building a single speed and plan to have one around the area of where the top tube and down tube meet.

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    I wear one for all the right reasons. I survived cancer in 2000 and Lance's foundation paid over $50,000 of my treatments. Now four years later I turned pro and got a ride from Santa Cruz after being dropped by ALL my sponsors. Lance has done two things that no other athlete has ever done. Given people hope that they can overcome ANYTHING and started a trend that has helped thousands of people combat a serious illness. Lance is and always will be my hero. Now all I have to do is win 7 NORBA titles in a row. As for the people selling them on e-bay for profit...SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Balls to the wall until you see god. Turn Left!

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    black is cool.

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    [QUOTE=mtbvampire]In 1994 I had a lump removed from my thyroid that turned out to be cancerous. As a result, I had to have half of my thyroid removed and must be on medication for the rest of my life. While I didn't have to go through the hell of the treatments as you did, it was still quite the ordeal.


    Right on Vampire. Hope you stay well and ride long!

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