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    A Chance to Write the Bible

    I just signed a book deal with Velo Press for an account of my bicycle-related activities between 1970 and 1990. They expect a manuscript to be delivered in late spring. The editor threw the word "definitive" around after the deal was done. I had earlier rejected (through my agent, bless his heart) a deal from a different publisher that I found a little insulting.

    I figure I have one chance to tell the story of a pretty good bike adventure, and I hope they let me tell it as completely as I want to. Title is "Fat Tire Flyer." Where have I heard that? I'm not going to dignify the the "who did what" issues. I can tell you what I did and what I saw, in excruciating detail.

    I'm not the only participant in all these events, but I can't see any of the others defining that period the way I can. I have the luxury of having documented just about everything I did, through my magazine and my contributions to other publications, and by collecting everything written about us by others. I have every scrap of paper the experience generated, with one major exception. When my business relationship with Gary ended I had to leave behind the original files of the MountainBikes company, which would have been a gold mine but have long been dispersed and lost.

    Joe Breeze has his own files and could write a pretty good book about his bike adventures, but he probably won't. His would be an amazing autobiography, because Joe had incredible bike experiences before I met him that I have heard about and the rest of the world hasn't. He's a good writer, but he's not the sort who can sit down and churn out the words the way I can. I use Joe as my fact-checker and consultant in all technical matters, and you can't do any better than that. He is a major collaborator. Tom Ritchey and Gary Fisher have good stories also, but they will probably need editorial help to get them out. Hard to see those two glued to a keyboard for six weeks.

    It's up to me to do it right, because I don't see a lot of other first person accounts on the horizon. I'll try to live up to the opportunity.
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    I'm looking forward to reading it.

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    perfect thread title
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Dah! I thought you meant Chris Chance.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Very cool. Can't wait to see it. I think more of this needs to be done in the next 10 years.

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    Wow! Good luck! No easy undertaking writing a book.

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    Will it be the finished version of the partial history you shared a while back? That was pretty interesting.
    I may or may not be laughing at you.

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    Great news!! Can I put in an order for an autographed copy?
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux View Post
    Great news!! Can I put in an order for an autographed copy?
    me too!
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    Sounds like an excellent opportunity, and am certain it'll be a great read.
    Best of luck to keep that keyboard cranking.
    The best is the one you want to ride most often..

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    I love Joe. Riding with him is pretty much one of the highlights of my life. I was so giddy to have met him and was stunned by what a nice and humble a man he is. I'm glad he's going to have a hand in this....Bible.

    Good luck, CK!

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    GOB, I think you need a bike built by JB, or designed by him

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    I tried. Didn't have the pocketbook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    I tried. Didn't have the pocketbook.
    How bout the one designed by JB, ya you know what I'm talking about

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawnw View Post
    How bout the one designed by JB, ya you know what I'm talking about
    no. :P

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    Sounds like this could be a cool book if you can get contributions and input from a bunch of the pioneers.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddybuddy View Post
    Sounds like this could be a cool book if you can get contributions and input from a bunch of the pioneers.
    Who did you have in mind?
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    Who did you have in mind?
    You should talk to that guy that helped Gary Fisher get the whole thing started. ... assuming that he's still around.
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    Awesome! As someone who types a fair bit myself? Have fun with that!

    Can't wait to read it
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Six weeks - wow - Go for it CK - don't hold back. Very happy for you. Of course I'll order when ready.

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    I am pretty sure you can do it in 6 days.
    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    CK- reserve a signed copy for me, my "brush with greatness" with you was at the Ross Race in 1987. Do you recall that race? It rained the whole weekend & I still remember your comment about the people wearing garbage bags - "Mexican Gortex" was what you called it. My wife & I still talk about that.

    Thanks for all you have done, now is your time to shine.

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    I would love a signed copy. I hope there are lots of pictures especially of some of the original Fat tire Flyers and race posters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muddybuddy View Post
    Sounds like this could be a cool book if you can get contributions and input from a bunch of the pioneers.
    I just got a response to my email to Tom Ritchey about this. He's in South Africa, but wants to talk about it when he returns in a couple of weeks. I'm also talking to Dave Garoutte about the TrailMaster. Anybody else? Oh, Gary, but we were joined at the hip for so long that his activities are not a mystery to me.
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    A graphic novel would be cool.

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