Through the wonderful Neil Drumm, Chapter Three learned that I was in the market for a bicycle. Chapter Three -- the company of Drupal overlords Matt Cheney, Josh Koenig and Zack Rosen -- has a fun side project called Mission Bicycles that uses Drupal to sell customizable fixed gear and single speed bikes in San Francisco.

Of course, I was interested in riding around on one of their customized bicycles. Especially one that featured a white seat, white rims, and a particularly familiar shade of blue (#027AC6) for the frame. On top of that, I was promised that, if I wasn't already, I would be the coolest kid on my block. They'd toss in a free Drupal bike jersey to help guarantee the promised result.

I ordered one instantly, and a couple of weeks later, a bike showed up at my front door. After assembling the bike, the tubes still filled with San Francisco air, I'm now ready to ride the European lands in true California style.

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The box included wrenches, power bars, a chocolate cookie, instructions, a cap and a Drupal jersey.
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Mission Bikes come with an Oompa-Loompa that will assemble your bike.
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The Oompa-Loompa assembled the front wheel and steering column, and is now working to remove the protective cover from the bike.
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Real men ride bulletproof bikes (with no brakes).
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Flipping the back wheel allows me to switch between fixed gear and single speed. Crazy hot!
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Robert Douglass (not verified):

Awesome! But your apartment is too small to keep the bike inside... where are you going to store your bike? Oh, and by the way, what are you going to name your bike? I think it should be called "Blue Drupal Bike".

Kenneth Hoste (not verified):

From now on, every DIY package should come with an Oompa-Loompa!

Also, your lens must be utterly broken, because the double chin is _really_ significant. In that pic, you look like one of those cycle terrorists, err, tourists, that create havoc on the roads in Flanders on a Sunday morning... The cap really does the trick there!

gergely (not verified):

I'm jealous, I would like a t-shirt and a bike like this also! :)
Have a nice ride!

Grugnog (not verified):

Oh no, let's not have yet another bike shed debate about a standardized Drupal bike naming convention ;)

Looks so nice and shiny - I love bikes!

Steven (not verified):

About the Oompa Loompa, careful if you make a next order. They will thrown in a a free snozzwanger as well. Keep this creature away from the chocolate, I did warn you. ;-)

meneer (not verified):

Schoon fietske, daar niet van, maar ge moet wel efkes uw stuur wat bijstellen: de uiteinden horen horizontaal te zijn, nu ziet het er nog wat raar uit. Eddy gaat trots zijn.

Anonymous (not verified):

Lol, Dries is one of those hipsters now.

BTW, velospace is powered by drupal!

Aki Iwata (not verified):

Wow! Looks very cool!! If only I have ridden my bicycle more often, I would definitely have the same one!

Perhaps one day we can host an event where people ride bicycles to gather and write code together for Drupal. How about "Write & Ride" for the name of such event?

Anyway, congratulations on the bike!!

Paul Van Loon (not verified):

Hey Driezeman!
Als ge na uw rit op die ongelooflijk coole bike een massageke nodig hebt, zijde altijd welkom in Putte-Stabroek bij uw ex-klasgenootje.

Groetjes aan Karlijn


StickGrinder (not verified):

WOW! And this show how Drupal could run on every decent hardware! :-P Even if with age things tends to become less slim and fast (at least that is form ME! :D)