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    Interbike souvenir

    I went to Interbike for the first time in several years to take part in the MTB Hall of Fame activities. I took a few old copies of the Fat Tire Flyer for the specific purpose of having John Tomac sign some old photos of himself. I was with Chris Chance when we ran into John, and after John signed the photo of him in his first race, I realized that there was an article on Chris Chance on the preceding page. So Chris Signed that. Turning the page, there was an article on Joe Breeze and the Hite-Rite, so I had Joe sign that. What a coincidence that the three guys I'm with are all on consecutive pages! This copy is a keeper.

    If you can't read the Tomac inscription, it says, "Charlie, this was my first mountain bike!"



    Interbike souvenir-ftf_breeze.jpgInterbike souvenir-ftf_chance_1.jpgInterbike souvenir-ftf_tomac_1.jpg
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    Nice!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Cool!

    What's JT up to these days (aside from rooting for his son)?
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    John suffered an injury to his elbow while riding, and had surgery for it. A few weeks later he was doing some work on his farm (He really is "Farmer John!") and kicked up a bee's nest. In his haste to get away, he fell on his damaged elbow and really messed it up, requiring even more extensive surgery. He seems to be recovering, but it looks terrible. He showed us gory photos taken during the surgery, not what you want to see before lunch.

    John was at Interbike to work the booth for Kenda. I presume they pay him for that.
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    Elbow injuries can be bad and rehab is a ***** - long, hard and painful.
    Damn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    John suffered an injury to his elbow while riding, and had surgery for it. A few weeks later he was doing some work on his farm (He really is "Farmer John!") and kicked up a bee's nest. In his haste to get away, he fell on his damaged elbow and really messed it up, requiring even more extensive surgery. He seems to be recovering, but it looks terrible. He showed us gory photos taken during the surgery, not what you want to see before lunch.

    John was at Interbike to work the booth for Kenda. I presume they pay him for that.
    For sure, he has a signature tire or two with them as well.

    He also just finalized the sale of his Tomac brand to a UK company. They are starting out with a gravel grinder which sounds a little odd for the Tomac name.

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    I have not seen those pics since at least 1992 from my buddy Shawn Houk's collection of FTF. BTW, you may remember Repack Rider him being in the Punk Bike Enduro in 87 on his yellow Cannondale and you guys had a pic and article in Mtn Bike magazine of that ride

    That first bike of Tomac's sure was a trip.

    Great to see 21 years later!
    Good friction shifting is getting hard to find nowadays....

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    Quote Originally Posted by unicrown junkie View Post
    I have not seen those pics since at least 1992 from my buddy Shawn Houk's collection of FTF. BTW, you may remember Repack Rider him being in the Punk Bike Enduro in 87 on his yellow Cannondale and you guys had a pic and article in Mtn Bike magazine of that ride
    Not being sarcastic here, but I have been on so many rides with so many people for so many years, all of whom seem to remember me, and if I even remember the ride, it gets mixed in with a lot of others. At Interbike I met a lot of people who seemed to know me, and I don't remember any of their names.

    So...26 years ago? I forgot who the people I met yesterday were. I would probably recognize a yellow Cannondale though.

    You want old copies of the FTF? PM is your friend.
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
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    Cool stuff CK! Nice to have the autographs for the collection!


    Funny thing about bikes (and cars I guess)...so much easier to remember than a face or name. Not sure why that is.
    -eric-

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    Bell ringing here...
    Fave recent quote from another ol coot:
    Me:Hey R, remember that show you got us into back in 70, where such n such happened?
    Rock- No , I don't recall that show, but I know what happened after.
    me: What?
    R- 40 fkkn yrs went by

    I'll fade to the rear of this peleton now..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssulljm View Post
    Bell ringing here...
    Fave recent quote from another ol coot:
    Me:Hey R, remember that show you got us into back in 70, where such n such happened?
    Rock- No , I don't recall that show, but I know what happened after.
    me: What?
    R- 40 fkkn yrs went by

    I'll fade to the rear of this peleton now..
    I know exactly what you mean John!
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