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Old 02-21-08, 08:18 AM   #1
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My LBS burned down

A Toronto fixture for 95 years burned down yesterday, a mecca for high end bike enthusiasts. My Santa Cruz and Ellsworth came to life here...he had 3 Ellsworths, 10 Santa Cruz's, Merlins, Turners, Intense, Cervelo, and Litespeeds on the floor last week...all melted down to a solid lump

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Old 02-21-08, 08:24 AM   #2
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Always sad to see when a local business burns down, especially one that results in a melted Merlin. I hope he had good insurance and can rebuild. A friend here had his small sawmill burn down but, alas, had no insurance. Now no way to support his family.
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What a shame. I hope they're able to rebuild.
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This happened to a LBS near me several years ago, they moved into a larger, nicer place and came back better than ever. Hopefully the same will be true this time.
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That's plain tragic, for the LBS and the old building. I hope both are able to recover.
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This is so sad to read, a long time, family owned LBS burned out. Hope they reopen and come back even stronger for everyong in the Toronto area.

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How sad. I hope they are able to get back on their feet... what a terrible loss.
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Awwwww...that's sad. My condolences to the owner on his loss, and to you as well.

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Very sad to hear this; I'm not in Toronto, but visit often and always made a point to drop into Duke's to indulge bike-lust, and pick up a bike-bit or a jersey, whatever, from time to time. Hope they rebuild.
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Very sad to hear this; I'm not in Toronto, but visit often and always made a point to drop into Duke's to indulge bike-lust, and pick up a bike-bit or a jersey, whatever, from time to time. Hope they rebuild.
Thanks everyone...this is one LBS that it would be a shame to loose...great service, products, staff, and one of the best wrenches in Toronto since 1914...

http://dukescycle.ca/

Post Fire, Day 2 - The Rebuild begins...

Thank you to everyone who has sent notes and support in this most difficult of times. It has been truly amazing to see and read all the notes, blogs, facebook groups, etc. We knew we have a big family, but we had no idea how far-reaching this was. We have recieved emails from the 4 courners of the world. Thank you all.

We spent a busy day today meeting, discussing, planning and preparing for the mountain of work we have ahead of us. We are very optimistic for the future and we know that with your support, [and patience] we will get over this little distruption of business.

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