Please publish!

Fire and wind come from the sky, from the gods of the sky, but crom is your god, crom and he lives in the  earth... once giants lived in the earth, conan, and in the darkness of chaos they fooled crom and they took from him the enigma of steel... crom was angered and the earth shook and fire and wind struck down these giants and they threw their bodies into the waters, but in their rage, the gods forgot the secret of steel and left it on the battlefield... and we who found it are just men not gods, not giants, just men... the secret of steel has always carried with it a mystery you must learn its riddle, conan, you must learn its discipline, for no one, no one in this world can you trust, not men, not women, not beasts... this you can trust... (Conan's Father, "circa" 14,000 - 10,000 BC)

THE RIDDLE...

Hello Dennis,

This project has been almost two years in the making, from conception to birth... and now, for my third fix and second FGG submission, by way of three continents, I am proud to unveil to the viewing public my Jonny Cycles "The Riddle"!

Believe it or not, I was brainstorming the component build and the color scheme during my recent one-year sabbatical spent traveling between Europe, Africa, and South America.  While spending precious minutes tucked in some sparsely ventilated internet cafes around the world, I would spent the odd minute or 30 checking out the latest submissions to the FGG while searching for my own personal inspirations for the Jonny Cycles project.  What I ultimately realized is that the bulk of the inspiration for this bicycle would come from the very lands I trod on and the people I came into contact with.  The trip meant a lot to me personally and spiritually, and a little bit of that is reflected in 'The Riddle'... 

As an American of African descent having traveled the land of many of my long passed ancestors, I wanted the color scheme of 'The Riddle' to not reflect just Africa, but the African America where I grew up and traveled, depicted in the Pan African colors inspired by Marcus Garvey.  For me, the black base of 'The Riddle' represents the people of African America, to include the North America, the Caribbean, and South America.  The red trim represents the blood of African America, shed by our predecessors in New World history in the forging of our societies today.  The green represents the beauty of the lands upon which we all must live in some kind of symbiosis, from all countries and from all walks of life .  The bicycle, as were and are my observations during my journey, does not represent some socio- policital discourse or rant about past or present injustices or , but rather my own personal interpretation of diaspora cultures as they exist in this day and age... and the celebration of life.  WHOA!!! Perhaps a little heavy for a bicycle website you might say, but nevertheless that's the story behind my bicycle.  For me, 'The Riddle'  is not just of steel, but also 'The Riddle' of humanity???

Quick rundown for the gear enthusiasts:  59cm c-c Jonny Cycles frame fork with a mix of Dedaccai OS steel tubing, Kalavinka lugs, fork crown and BB shell, and Jonny's signature track dropouts; Chris King 1" threaded headset, anodized Nitto Pearl stem (110mm) and Jaguar seatpost; Syntace Stratos 200 TT bars, Kashimax 5 Gold 4P Keirin saddle; Sugino 75 cranks (170mm) and 52t chainring; EAI 14t cog for the fixed/fixed rear hub (12t? or 16t? for the other side); MKS Custom Nuevo Pedals with Cinelli Toe Clips and Toshi Double toe straps; Izumi Model V chain; Blood Red 36h Phil Wood High-Flange track hubs laced to 700c Velocity Deep V's, rolling on 700c/23 Continental GP4000 clinchers; to top it all off the very elusive Green tressostar cloth tape...  

Special Thanks to:

All my family predecessors who stayed strong to make me who I am today, including those that originally left from places like Cape Coast and Elmina Castles in Africa...

Fellow SoBe Fixed Gear RudeBwoy ManCalledScratch for the inspiration and years of cycling fun here in South Florida, part of the New World African Diaspora and the International Fixed Gear Community

Jon Kendziera (http://www.jonnycycles.com), for delivering his latest artesenal masterpiece

John Dacey of Business Cycles (http://www.businesscycles.com), for the wheel build, and technical and component information

Ben's Cycle's of Milwaukee (http://www.bencycle.net), for the hard to find black steel toe clips and elusive green handlebar tape and green saddle

Certified Metal Finishers of Pompano Beach, FL for the anodized stem and seatpost

Susan Collins  of Lorain, OH (http://www.decalzbysuzieq.com)for the final details... the custom decals!

The countless others out there who've given me various inspirations over the years!!!

FUNCTIONAL ARTISTRY!

Paypal to follow...

Peace, Chris Sims, South Beach, Miami, Florida, USA http://crustydustysojourner73.blogspot.com (please visit my worldwide travel blog) email:  christopherjohnsims@gmail.com

<bold><color><param>FFFF,0000,0000</param><bigger>Please publish!

Fire and wind come from the sky, from the gods of the sky, but crom is your god, crom and he lives in the  earth... once giants lived in the earth, conan, and in the darkness of chaos they fooled crom and they took from him the enigma of steel... crom was angered and the earth shook and fire and wind struck down these giants and they threw their bodies into the waters, but in their rage, the gods forgot the secret of steel and left it on the battlefield... and we who found it are just men not gods, not giants, just men... the secret of steel has always carried with it a mystery you must learn its riddle, conan, you must learn its discipline, for no one, no one in this world can you trust, not men, not women, not beasts... this you can trust...</bigger></color></bold>

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THE RIDDLE...</color>

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Hello Dennis,</color>

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This project has been almost two years in the making, from conception to birth... and now, for my third fix and second FGG submission, by way of three continents, I am proud to unveil to the viewing public my Jonny Cycles "The Riddle"!</color>

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Believe it or not, I was brainstorming the component build and the color scheme during my recent one-year sabbatical spent traveling between Europe, Africa, and South America.  While spending precious minutes tucked in some sparsely ventilated internet cafes around the world, I would spent the odd minute or 30 checking out the latest submissions to the FGG while searching for my own personal inspirations for the Jonny Cycles project.  What I ultimately realized is that the bulk of the inspiration for this bicycle would come from the very lands I trod on and the people I came into contact with.  The trip meant a lot to me personally and spiritually, and a little bit of that is reflected in 'The Riddle'... </color>

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As an American of African descent having traveled the land of many of my long passed ancestors, I wanted the color scheme of 'The Riddle' to not reflect just Africa, but the African America where I grew up and traveled, depicted in the Pan African colors inspired by Marcus Garvey.  For me, the black base of 'The Riddle' represents the people of African America, to include the North America, the Caribbean, and South America.  The red trim represents the blood of African America, shed by our predecessors in New World history in the forging of our societies today.  The green represents the beauty of the lands upon which we all must live in some kind of symbiosis, from all countries and from all walks of life .  The bicycle, as were and are my observations during my journey, does not represent some socio-policital discourse or rant about past or present injustices or , but rather my own personal interpretation of diaspora cultures as they exist in this day and age... and the celebration of life.  WHOA!!! Perhaps a little heavy for a bicycle website you might say, but nevertheless that's the story behind my bicycle.  <underline>For me, 'The Riddle'  is not just of steel, but also 'The Riddle' of humanity???</underline></color>

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Quick rundown for the gear enthusiasts:  59cm c-c Jonny Cycles frame fork with a mix of Dedaccai OS steel tubing, Kalavinka lugs, fork crown and BB shell, and Jonny's signature track dropouts; Chris King 1" threaded headset, anodized Nitto Pearl stem (110mm) and Jaguar seatpost; Syntace Stratos 200 TT bars, Kashimax 5 Gold 4P Keirin saddle; Sugino 75 cranks (170mm) and 52t chainring; EAI 14t cog for the fixed/fixed rear hub (12t? or 16t? for the other side); MKS Custom Nuevo Pedals with Cinelli Toe Clips and Toshi Double toe straps; Izumi Model V chain; Blood Red 36h Phil Wood High-Flange track hubs laced to 700c Velocity Deep V's, rolling on 700c/23 Continental GP4000 clinchers; to top it all off the very elusive Green tressostar cloth tape...  </color>

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Special Thanks to:</color>

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All my family predecessors who stayed strong to make me who I am today, including those that originally left from places like Cape Coast and Elmina Castles in Africa...</color>

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Fellow SoBe Fixed Gear RudeBwoy ManCalledScratch for the inspiration and years of cycling fun here in South Florida, part of the New World African Diaspora and the International Fixed Gear Community</color>

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Jon Kendziera (</color><underline><color><param>0000,0000,F0F0</param>http://www.jonnycycles.com</color></underline><color><param>0000,0000,E1E1</param>), for delivering his latest artesenal masterpiece</color>

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John Dacey of Business Cycles (</color><underline><color><param>0000,0000,F0F0</param>http://www.businesscycles.com</color></underline><color><param>0000,0000,E1E1</param>), for the wheel build, and technical and component information</color>

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Ben's Cycle's of Milwaukee (</color><underline><color><param>0000,0000,F0F0</param>http://www.bencycle.net</color></underline><color><param>0000,0000,E1E1</param>), for the hard to find black steel toe clips and elusive green handlebar tape and green saddle</color>

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Certified Metal Finishers of Pompano Beach, FL for the anodized stem and seatpost</color>

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Susan Collins  of Lorain, OH (</color><underline><color><param>0000,0000,F0F0</param>http://www.decalzbysuzieq.com</color></underline><color><param>0000,0000,E1E1</param>)for the final details... the custom decals!</color>

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The countless others out there who've given me various inspirations over the years!!!</color>

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FUNCTIONAL ARTISTRY!

Paypal to follow...</color>

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Peace,</color>

<color><param>0000,0000,E1E1</param>Chris Sims, South Beach, Miami, Florida, USA</color>

<underline><color><param>0000,0000,F0F0</param>http://crustydustysojourner73.blogspot.com</color></underline><color><param>0000,0000,E1E1</param> (please visit my worldwide travel blog)</color>

<color><param>0000,0000,E1E1</param>email:  </color><color><param>0000,0000,F3F3</param>christopherjohnsims@gmail.com</color>

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