What Brown brought

Big Dummy

That’s son hoisting Big Dummy prototype, almost as excited as I was. What is it about handling a bare frame that’s so nice? The lightness? It’s always more astonishing with Xtracyclical frames like this.

I’m in a hurry to build it up. I’m likely to migrate over all the parts from the original “Super Monkey” I blogged last August. That is, unless you live nearby and want to swoop in and make an offer to take said Super Monkey in the next few days. I don’t have room for more bikes. Life is so hard.

20 thoughts on “What Brown brought”

  • Val

    <p>Be careful, Todd – there are hordes of riders out there who would commit terrible deeds to get their hands on the Dummy this early. Watch your back!</p>

  • elliott

    Very exciting! I want one...

  • Mauricio Babilonia

    Lucky devil. I want one!


  • daniel murray

    what a lucky little guy!!, I am sure he will love ridin on the back of her with you!!
    I can not WAIT till I can get one up here in Canada!! I am itchin to get my hands on one with the stokemonkey! So bad I am selling my Land Cruiser BJ42 my beaster lol

    daniel murray

  • Mike C

    "... there are hordes of riders out there ... "

    ... or hordes of Raiders, judging by the second picture...

  • louis

    wowzers-- look what someone did for the back of his xtra http://www.surlybikes.com/uploaded_images/Final1-718539.jpg (swiped from surlyblog) .

  • Todd

    tell it loud, louis!

    <a href="http://www.surlybikes.com/uploaded_images/Final3-715907.jpg" style="display:block;height:523px;width:1024px;background: url(http://www.surlybikes.com/uploaded_images/Final3-715907.jpg);" title="this image displayed in Wordpress comments courtesy of the Fahrner Image Replacement technique, from back in the day." rel="nofollow"><span style="display:none">cool kidseats</span></a>

  • David

    I like the great ideas you are blogging about. The frame is incredible, how old the boy holding it, cause it looks heavy, but obviously not too heavy.
    I look forward to regular reading on your site.

  • Martina Fahrner
    Martina Fahrner February 3, 2007 at 2:29 am

    He is 4.5 and in his own words "verrrrrry strong!". For a long frame the big dummy is surprisingly light - I can comfortably lift it with one hand.

  • Tarik

    Coooooooool. you are now, uh, stoking flames of desire for this puppy.

    Nice kitchen too, especially the floor.

  • Ryan

    I have the exact same kitchen floor.

  • Karl

    You'd better keep that thing locked up. I'd like to think of myself as an honest person, but there are certain temptations that can cause even the strongest to waver. Fortunately for both of us, you're two time zones away. :)

    Todd, I dropped you a note some time back looking for some info on the progress of Stokemonkey's compatibility with the Big Dummy. I assume this is your first chance to get some hands-on design work underway, and I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Keep us all posted!

  • Pam Fahrner

    Did you plan his white sock to be on the black tile and his black sock to be on the white tile when you set up the picture? He does look verrrry strong!

  • Ian Hopper

    No fair! I want one! Somebody call the waaaambulance!

  • Ian Hopper

    So is that "Summer" release date for the Big Dummy framesets real? Anyone have any insights into what the availability is going to be? Can they be ordered yet? I think they (Surly) are going to get swarmed.. there's a lot of people who're pretty damn excited about these frames.

  • Ian Hopper

    Sorry.. went off half-cocked without checking the Surlyblog... but this wait fot the Big Dummy is pure torture. I've never been this excited to get my hands on a frame, except for when I got my first xtracycle. I have to forcibly make myself not think about the creaminess of a purpose built longtail that isn't a custom or one-off. Oy...

  • Martina Fahrner
    Martina Fahrner February 7, 2007 at 1:02 am


  • Ian Hopper

    You know... like creamy goodness (ice cream and whatnot?)

  • juliette

    yay, fun pic indeed, a very strong boy holding a beautiful frame and stylishly sporting his matching village freeschool t-shirt too!

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