On Monday I announced that had given up on the Follis Fixie conversion. I offered it "Free to Good Home" as an afterthought, not expecting anyone to be interested. To my suprise, I got a reply to that post from someone named, of all things "Follis". We e-mailed back and forth, and I asked him how he found his way to my blog. Here is his reply (reprinted with permission):
"Thanks for writing back. I have been wanting a Follis bike for years being that I am a Follis. In 2003, I was stationed in Germany and went to Lyon, France where they are made. However they are custom made only and I, as a soldier, could not convince my wife that I needed a $1000.00 bike because it would be an heirloom. The way I found your blog started in 2004 while deployed to Iraq. Feeling death was imminent and that I would like the children to know about the Follis bicycle heritage in Europe, I created a Google alert for anything to do with "Follis and bike" hoping to find a bike. Until your site appeared in my inbox, I had no leads."
"Free to Good Home". Needless to say, I'm going to find a way to get the bike to him. We're working out the details.