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    Arrow New Users Welcome: July membership campaign

    Thanks for joining VSalon where superiority is the new black.

    VSalon members please note as of today we have more than 1700 members. Further, everyday hundreds of eyes read VSalon without logging in.

    Today begins a campaign to sign up new members. Please take a few moments to send our link to friends who might have interest.
    www.velocipedesalon.com/forum

    Thank You for your continued indulgences and enthusiastic participation, VSalon Team

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    I'm one of the new guys, and primarily just a lurker. But I've had a paean to Vsalon rattling around in my head for a long time. This thread seems like as good a place as any to put it.

    Let me just say what a revelation this place was when I first stumbled across it. I had spent a little time at some other bike forums, but mostly those places were characterized by screeching and stupidity and hubris and misdirected venom. Mostly, those places just made me sad -- for our sport and for the people who posted there.

    I'm sure you've all experienced it, but I can't even explain what it was like to discover this place for the first time. It's full of people who love bikes -- just about all bikes, including a sick love for those in the Haters thread -- and know what they're talking about from long experience in the saddle. People who get (and in some cases made) the history of our sport and who don't accept as axiomatic that Carbon 'n Cunego are "better" than Moser and Alloy. People who have healthy (and, in most cases, well-earned) egos, but who also have enough respect, good humor and bonhomie to make this place work, so that ball-busting almost never begets hurt feelings and petty grudges. A place where somebody knows the answer to every technical question you could think to ask. A place where legit pros and hardmen associate with and are -gasp- friendly with, fat slow dudes like me.

    A place where there is a Correct Way (or Ways, depending on the day) to design, build and ride a bike, but where the shared love of cycling is powerful enough to overcome a deviation from that appointed path. A place where white tape is de rigeur, but genuine and well-reasoned eccentricity is cherished above blind adherence to a norm.

    I've learned more about the ethos of cycling here than I would have learned in a dozen years anywhere else.

    This is a special place. I love it here. Thanks for being rad.

    Ben

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    this is by far the best bike web site on earth.

    the wealth of experience & knowledge on here is unmatched.

    civility reigns supreme (as does editorial discretion), which is so refreshing.

    the only downside is the little annoying bug that now rests in my head about wanting to learn how to someday build my own frame....:hahaha:

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    well said, gents - this place is clearly superior

    ben, i lifted your words for my blog, just doing my bit for the war effort

    http://hampsten.blogspot.com/2009/06...ede-salon.html
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    I really enjoy coming to this virtual place, as I bet most of you do too. However, as much as I'd love to see it grow, I hope it doesn't lose it's current "small town" community feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shorelocal View Post
    I really enjoy coming to this virtual place, as I bet most of you do too. However, as much as I'd love to see it grow, I hope it doesn't lose it's current "small town" community feel.
    it won't atmo.
    when the volume gets too high we'll ban people.
    hey - only kidding atmo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    it won't atmo.
    when the volume gets too high we'll ban people.
    hey - only kidding atmo.
    Great, that's all I need - to get banned from another forum.

    conor

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    cheers to the builders that put pics up and give this place so much depth and artfulness and cheers to all the folks that put the energy into making original content that has an energy and genuine effortful passion and desire to take the reader somewhere or share something genuine...


    please keep it up.... more!!!!!!!

    and thanks to Josh for hosting us all.
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    Thanks Ben. Can I call you BenMo?

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    You can call me Shirley if you want. I have been quoted on the HampCo blog. Everything else in life is gravy. (Well, OK...)

    I shall go forth and proselytize in the name of the Salon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben View Post
    You can call me Shirley if you want. I have been quoted on the HampCo blog. Everything else in life is gravy. (Well, OK...)

    I shall go forth and proselytize in the name of the Salon.
    hey ben - here's the deal atmo...
    what can we get you for lunch for the rest of your life?

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    hey ben - here's the deal atmo...
    what can we get you for lunch for the rest of your life?
    This. I feel about Pal's the way that one guy felt about that girl in The Notebook. I will be brushing its hair and reading it stories when it gets old. How can you not love a place that makes peanut butter milkshakes and features a 25' fiberglass hot dog on the front of the building?

    So what's my end of the bargain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben View Post
    This. I feel about Pal's the way that one guy felt about that girl in The Notebook. I will be brushing its hair and reading it stories when it gets old. How can you not love a place that makes peanut butter milkshakes and features a 25' fiberglass hot dog on the front of the building?

    So what's my end of the bargain?

    lower the price of the meivicis and blow IF out of the water atmo.
    hey - just kidding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    lower the price of the meivicis and blow IF out of the water atmo.
    hey - just kidding.
    Wrong Ben, unfortunately.
    At least I got the joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben View Post
    This. I feel about Pal's the way that one guy felt about that girl in The Notebook. I will be brushing its hair and reading it stories when it gets old. How can you not love a place that makes peanut butter milkshakes and features a 25' fiberglass hot dog on the front of the building?

    So what's my end of the bargain?

    Mmmmmmmmm, butter biscuits.

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    What if threads of the "not wanting to wear gay spandex" or "best craigslist bike for $400" theme start popping up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booger View Post
    What if threads of the "not wanting to wear gay spandex" or "best craigslist bike for $400" theme start popping up?
    the banishment will begin! indeed.

    i would hope.

    hey, ben rocks. i fully understand that i'm mostly comic relief here.:adore::hahaha::cheers::biggrin:






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    Quote Originally Posted by WadePatton View Post
    the banishment will begin! indeed.

    i would hope.

    hey, ben rocks. i fully understand that i'm mostly comic relief here.:adore::hahaha::cheers::biggrin:
    From one Tennessean to another: Keep up whatever it is you're doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben View Post
    From one Tennessean to another: Keep up whatever it is you're doing.
    Ben can out grin a bear. Got that from a reliable source.

    How many people did you tell about VSalon today?
    Me? Sent invites to 10 living breathing bicycle riding folks.
    STEP UP!

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