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    Default Let's support Chris Kvale

    This morning when I opened my email account I found this:

    Hi everyone,

    This morning at 9:50 Rob Segal called me to tell me the Ivy Building
    was on fire.
    Marcia and I got there as quickly as we could. The Hexagon Bar had
    been torched the previous evening and embers from the fire blew over
    the Ivy Building, igniting the roof.

    The fire trucks and ladders were still up when we got there, and lots
    of the tenants were hauling thing into the parking lot. The roof in
    the center of the building was completely burned through--one could
    see the sky through the now-missing second floor windows.

    When I opened the door to my shop, except that it hadn't been burned,
    was as bad as I could have imagined. Fire department water was
    pouring in from the second floor, adding to the flood made by the
    sprinklers. There was an inch of water on the floor, and in the low
    spots it was three inches deep. In my paint shop it was six inches
    deep. Water was coming through the ceiling, streaming down the walls.

    I collected my computer, phone, check book, travel bike, winter bike,
    and some other things and Marcia took those home. Rob called his
    shop, organized his employees, and within half an hour a gang (six,
    seven? I don't remember) with four vehicles showed up and we loaded
    everything, including the compressor, and they hauled it to Rob's
    shop. What a great group of friends. What would I do without Rob?
    Except for my desk, three workbenches, some steel shelving, stripping
    tank, the oven, paint cabinets, and a few other things, the shop is
    almost empty.

    Fortunately, most of my things are waterproof although I'll spend the
    next week over at Rob's, drying things out, wiping things down,
    de-rusting things. He has room to keep them indefinitely. My books
    stayed dry, some of my business records were damaged but not soaked,
    but at first survey, I think I'm going to lose some my lovely posters;
    some of them are valuable, but most of them I've enjoyed so much for
    what the represent. The tops to the workbenches will have to be
    replaced. I've already started an insurance claim.

    Which brings me to the future. I don't know what will happen to the
    Ivy Building--it depends on the owner's insurance. Rob, who knows the
    family, thinks they may trash it for the insurance. On the other
    hand, it's a cash cow for the owner. If they repair the building, I
    intend to stay. If they don't, I don't know. The last year of my
    life has been tumultuous; this is one more shock. I can imagine it
    might be the end of CKC,

    Tomorrow I clean up some more of things Marcia and I brought home, go over to
    Rob's, stop at the shop to see if the flood has receded. It will
    probably be weeks before I have a sense of how things will go.

    Chris
    Angel Jauregui

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    Default Re: Let's support Chris Kvale

    Thanks for posting Angel...you can tell by the actions of his friends that good karma is headed in the direction of Chris and his family.
    rw saunders
    everything is connected

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    Default Re: Let's support Chris Kvale

    I'm glad he had a group of folks help him in his moment of need. I've met Chris though I doubt he would remember me. His bikes have been present in Twin Cities cycling circles for decades. It'd be a shame if these terrible events were the end of his bike business.

    His attention to detail in his builds, paint and bicycle assembly can only be matched. It can't be exceeded because it's essentially perfect. His bikes are a treat for the eyes.

    I can remember CKC frames and bikes at Kenwood Cyclery as far back as about 1986/1987.
    La Cheeserie!

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    That shows that people thrive when united in a good way, not when divided for whatever reason.
    All the best to Chris and those people affected by this sh*t
    Andrea "Gattonero" Cattolico, head mechanic @Condor Cycles London


    "Caron, non ti crucciare:
    vuolsi così colà dove si puote
    ciò che si vuole, e più non dimandare"

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    Default Re: Let's support Chris Kvale

    OMG. I feel for Chris and my hometown of Minneapolis. So much suffering.

    I would hate to say that the frame set he delivered to me last week is the last one EVER. Perish the thought..... I still haven't even built it up.
    My real name is Hemanth and among other things, I like bikes

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    Default Re: Let's support Chris Kvale

    So glad your frame was done before this happened, Wisco.

    Amazing how one action can lead to so many reactions, isn't it? Tragic on so many levels.
     

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    Default Re: Let's support Chris Kvale

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas View Post
    So glad your frame was done before this happened, Wisco.

    Amazing how one action can lead to so many reactions, isn't it? Tragic on so many levels.
    It has only been four hundred years of multiple "one action" events.

    It is amazing.

    And it is tragic.
     

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    Default Re: Let's support Chris Kvale

    This is bad.

    Reminds me of Mitch Pryor from M.A.P losing his shop,
    and i don't think he's gone back to building frames.

    -g
    EPOst hoc ergo propter hoc

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