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February 28, 2007

Wednesday evening update

thanks to the 3 new supporters today, including one all the way from Germany!

I would so far like to thank the following individual pledgers:
Kelley
Diego
My parents
Dr. Xiaoliang
Jennifer H.
Bon Ki
Lisa
Christof
anonymous (x2) (I know who you are - thanks)

and of course the following businesses who have made a contribution to either myself or the team:
Jim - hiawathacyclery.com
Hurl - carsrcoffins.com
Brian - shockspital.com

I have also received pledge promises from several people. The simplest way to make a pledge is to use your credit card on the MS page, which you can get to via the two images on the top right. I can also accept checks or cash, but am not entirely sure how to get a tax exempt form for you, but I'll figure it out...

Total Thus Far:

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February 27, 2007

MS150 pledge update

thanks to all that have either already pledged this ride, or have emailed me with a promise to pledge. the easiest way to either support me or my team as a whole is to click on one of the images on the top right of this page - or of course you can click here, where you can use your credit card to make a pledge - instantly.

as of this minute, I am at $354.69 - somewhat shy of my goal of $1000.

if you are a business, I would encourage you to make a pledge to our team, known as '1FS'. Our team goal is based on the number of riders who join. We are currently at ten riders, and the goal for ten riders is $3,500 ($300 for each rider, plus an additional $500.)


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my ride

here are a few photos of the bicycle I'm going to be riding for the MS150.

I first bought this bike back in 1988 - my first bike purchase:
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I rode it the way it came for many years. eventually it was involved in a pretty serious crash, which resulted in my front wheel bent like a taco shell. I then converted it to single/fixed, as I had been looking for a reason to do so, anyway, after seeing some nice employee-owned fixed gears hanging up in the old Now Sports in Calhoun square. The crash also gave me an excuse to build the two new wheels still being used today.

Here it is after the single/fixed conversion and an upgrade to Moustache bars, which I had picked up after Jim (pre-Hiawatha Cyclery) decided he didn't want them anymore.
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and once more after the addition of a Brooks saddle - a self-imposed birthday present about two years ago.
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view from the cockpit
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February 26, 2007

MS150

Hey all bloggers in the happy internet-land. I've just signed up for the MS150 bike ride and would like to let everybody know how my fund raising is coming along.

I'll be riding a fixed gear bicycle - you know, the kind with only one speed - no you can't stop pedaling - when the wheels are moving, the crank arms are turning. Also, I'll be riding on a team - you know, with other people - all riding either fixed gear bikes or bikes with a freewheeling single speed. We pledge no gears and no spandex for this 150-mile ride, spread over two days in June, hot and sweaty June.

As of right now (~1640), I've got 25 bucks USD in the pot. I'm hoping for more than that, of course. My personal goal is to raise 1k USD.


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As a university of MN student for many long years, this is my first time riding the MS-150. Any help from fellow U of MN'ers would be great. I'm a long time bike commuter, a some-time century rider, a dog-lover, music listener, beer drinkerer, and all around good guy.

I'm even pledging to have some sort of get-together for people who sponsor me. So if anyone does indeed get the urge, make sure I have a way of getting hold of you for this gathering at a location and time of my choosing.

Cheers,

Mark