Occasionally in life a person is presented with a fork in the road. One path is more worn than the other and this path, the one most familiar to us all, is safe but unexciting. Theother path is overgrown with weeds. It sputters out occasionally, but if you keep riding thepath will reveal itself again. Where this path leads is uncertain. It reveals challenge and possibility in equal measure. And that path is where you’ll find us.Roughly 12 years ago, we managed to convince The Man to give us enough rope with whichto hang ourselves and we began designing and producing singlespeed stuff for people whoride bikes and like to have fun. Powered by a love of singlespeed bikes, counter-culture, and unhealthy quantities of local ‘favorite’ Grain Belt beer, we loosed upon the globe a guttural yelp, barked into the cosmos in the form of singlespeed stuff. A lot has changed in 12 years. We’ve got houses now instead of apartments. Some of ushave kids. Freeriding jumped the shark. Singlespeeds became mainstream. Touring bikesresurged. Fixed-gears became mainstream. Road bikes resurged. Michael Jackson died. Dave broke his leg. Twice. The economy tanked. We’re still here, however, and although we’re no longer solely a singlespeed company, westill design and produce quality bike stuff for people who ride a lot, like a good value, and know how to have fun. And there seems to be a lot of those people around.For 2010, we’ve added the Pacer to our complete bikes lineup. This makes us happy. ThePacer is a great ride, and we hope that as a complete bike more people will try it. TheLong Haul Trucker will now be offered in 26" wheel size across the entire size run, in both frames and complete bikes. We'll keep the 700c wheel size as an option for the largerframes and bikes, but 26" wheels are stronger, and 26" tires, tubes, and rims are morereadily available throughout the world. We’ve also added another tire. Larry the Tire is acompliment to the Endomorph. Both have gone to a 120tpi casing. Larry is a little rounder,with a tread designed to work well as a front tire. Large Marge rims are going to havewelded seams now. We’re adding a new handlebar, the Open Bar, in no-rise and low-riseversions. It’s a swept-back CroMoly bar that works equally well for off-road riding as forcommuting. Our t-shirts are going to organic cotton. Our socks are now being made byDeFeet, with a higher wool content and better fit than our previous socks. We’ve added mid-blade eyelets to the Travelers Check fork, so you can more easily mount a front rack,and this ought to make a lot of folks happy since we seem to get a fair number of requestsfor a front rack compatible Cross-Check fork. Some frame colors are changing: Long HaulTruckers in olive are now blue as the sky, the Pugsley is an odd shade of goldish-greenish(and we’ve redesigned its toptube to offer more stand-over clearance), and the Pacer is now a lovely shade of green. Some of you will like the colors, some won’t. That’s cool. Oh, and we have a new web site. So that’s something. If we have done it right, it should be equalparts informative and disturbing. And that’s about it. The so-called Bicycle Industry for the most part continues to churn outlots of carbon fiber and expensive, flashy toys designed for an elite few. Screw that. We willcontinue to do what we do best: versatile, durable CroMoly frames and bikes that ride greatand outlast the next model year, and sensibly designed parts for people who ride a lot. If that sounds good to you, pick up some Surly stuff and try it out. You won’t be sorry.