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AOTYLTTDWPTORFTDK & RFTDPSA1.5AKA”TSPLB”

An Open Thank You Letter to the Dreamers Who Purchased the Official RFTD Kit & RFTD Public Service Announcement #1.5 aka “The Space Panda Look Book”

IDear Dreamers

Your collective dreams made our dream—THE SPACE PANDA RFTD KIT—a possibility, and for that we will always and eternally be grateful, forever. Without you, the everyday one-in-a-million visionary men and women of America (Europe, The United Kingdom, Australia and Japan), mass producing THE SPACE PANDA RFTD KIT would never have happened. But it did happen. Because we asked and you trusted us—sight unseen!!!!!!, #surpriseme, and we made it and now it’s here and being shipped to you this very moment, or maybe it’s already arrived. We mean it, literally, as you read this, this very second, UPS (or similar) trucks around the planet are delivering packages containing THE SPACE PANDA RFTD KIT. You’re welcome!

 

In fact, if we didn’t think it violated all kinds of Privacy & Ethical laws/protocols/codes/covenants/conventions and the like, we’d opt-out-style list all your names here, right below this sentence. In the order of orders received. It would be a monument and a testament, a permanent record for posterity for all to see and for years to come.

 

That’s how much we appreciate you! We want the world to know and we want to let it show, that you believe in capital pee Possibility as much we do, if not more! And that’s what this is all about man, its all about that word man, the word of the hour man, p-o-s-s-i-b-l-e possible, man. RFTD is nothing if not an exercise or “meditation” in possibility. Sure maybe SPACE PANDA KIT is not the best use of pandas and lasers and spandex and time travel but it’s something. And who’s to say it’s not the best use of pandas and lasers and spandex and time travel? We’re not, are you!? Whatever the case is, first we dreamed then we proved it was in fact possible to successfully combine pandas and lasers and spandex and time travel.

 

The point is, you supported us. And for that we thank you. So does the world because the world really wanted this to happen—trust us, we know about these things. Basically like bottom line this is a win for humanity. Now, let us ALL hold hands together and collectively share in this life-affirming moment and thank one-by-one, and if not by actual name then in spirit, the 56 visionaries around the universe who made this portion of the RFTD enterprise possible. Amen.

 

!!!!!!!!SPECIAL MESSAGE TO THE 56 AND O N L Y THE 56!!!!!!!!

 

We want photographs of you, in your kit, preferably in your bathroom mirror or somewhere else indoors for our Panda Selfie Tumblr Bulletin Board. Please email them directly to reachforthedream@manualforspeed.com and/or text them to 503.754.7476 #proudpanda #pandapride #reachforthedream

IITHE SPACE PANDA RFTD KIT CONTENT BREAKDOWN
  1. Team Jersey designed by Attaquer made by Castelli An Unfair Advantage: We chose Attaquer Design Collaboration Lab to design this kit because of their world renowned Graphix Skillz. From Leopard Print and Disembodied Owl Heads to Dead Kooks Attaquer’s Fuck Yeah Technology TM brings dreams to life! We chose Castelli’s Team Jersey made with Procool Plus fabric—with Prosecco treatment for breathability and comfort—because simply put, it’s the most exceptional jersey on the planet POSSIBLE.
  2. Team Bibshort (with Kiss3 pad) designed by Attaquer made by Castelli An Unfair Advantage: Same deal but the Team Bibshort is made with Affinity LYCRA® fabric Shield™ , micro fabric sides and back, thus providing  outstanding stretch and return, Giro3 single-layer gripper elastic the and Kiss3 Seat Pad for all-day comfort. Word.
  3. Foreign Legion Hat designed by Attaquer made by Walz Caps: We chose Attaquer Design Collaboration Lab to design this hat with the fullest most robust range, or spectrum if you will, of possibility in mind. We said, enough with bike hats or caps or whatever that ONLY work for road riding. What about epic road riding? What about the Gobi Desert, like what if you an opportunity to ride across the entire Gobi Desert, in daylight, when it’s sunny? What about First Ascents? What about hike & bikes?  What about fly fishing, mountain biking, riding without a helmet, Brovets, randonneurding and chill weekend picnic ride seshes with your lady!??!?!? Make us a hat that can do all of that, and well. So they did. We don’t know why they chose Walz Hats but we’re glad they did! Probably because they were American Made and willing to get #customlife! Anyway, thank you Walz Hats for ignoring capitalism and mass production economics for a minute to make these puppies.
  4. Bamboo Socks designed by Attaquer made by Mariposa Tie Dye: We chose Mariposa Tie Dye on Etsy because sometimes every now and then if you look hard enough and wish hard enough and manifest your little buns off hard enough, the answer, the thing you need, is right there in front of you. Just a few hundred clicks away. Inside the internet. Already dreamed-up and already made. These socks are 1000% the product of some nice lady on the internet who probably collects rabbits and smells like a combination of sprouts and patchouli. Bottom line, her colors/patterns are psychedelic and we’re assuming she used bamboo because it grows fast and it’s anti-microbial and bla bla bla.

 

SIDE NOTE: All MFS Kits now come with a Online Certificate Of Origin (OCOO). MFS does declare that this kit was conceived on March 24th 2014.

IIIRFTD PSA #1.5 AKA THE SPLB

What follows is a photographic essay featuring the First Fully Aerobic Ascent in the SPACE PANDA RFTD KIT by Semi-Pro Ultra Runner Willie McBride. And some inspirational quotes. Before we get started we’d like to thank everyone who made this project possible in roughly the order it happened.

 

  1. The big bang.
  2. The wheel.
  3. Castelli for inventing spandex.
  4. Al Gore and/or the US Military for inventing the internet.
  5. Castelli for inventing Manual for Speed.
  6. Ourselves, for having a dream, to Reach For The Dream, in the form of a meditation on the Custom Life.
  7. Speedvagen and Argonaut for making the GREATEST BIKES ON EARTH for Manual for Speed. To showcase. (To be continued.)
  8. Thomas Slater for having a sausage dog and being the perfect dude to perfectly illustrate this project. (Also to be continued.)
  9. Attaquer for designing this kit based on this brief: “Frank Stella X Kenzo X Barry McGee X Hermes X Tie dye X Dries Van Noten X Riff Raff X Major Lazer X Space.” Thank you Attaquer for birthing the The Space Panda onto/into us. We love you.
  10. Castelli who (#unfairadvantage) upgraded their already state of the art and totally current computer equipment for the entire Graphics Department with even more RAM because our Panda File was so big.
  11. And (#duh) The 56 for making our dream their dream so you can dream.
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COURAGE
"Yippee ki yay, mothafucka."—John McClane
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IMAGINATION
"Reading a hard copy book, and reading a book on an iPad are slightly different experiences. What they both have in common though is that you must engage your imagination in the process."—LeVar Burton
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TEAMWORK
"None of us is as smart as all of us."—Ken Blanchard
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PERSEVERANCE
"I–think–I–can. I–think–I–can."—The Little Engine that Thought it Could
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ATTITUDE
"The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude."—Oprah Winfrey
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AMBITION
"Get rich or die tryin'."—50 Cent
FOCUS
"One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular."—Tony Robbins
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KNOWLEDGE
"The pen is mightier than the sword."—Edward Bulwer-Lytton, kind of, since, like, a lot of other people basically had already said it.
INTEGRITY
"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."—Mark Wahlberg
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MOTIVATION
"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."—Miley Cyrus
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ENDURANCE
"Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before."—Herodotus
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VISION
"I won't go into a big spiel about reincarnation, but the first time I was in the Gucci store in Chicago was the closest I've ever felt to home."—Kanye West
WISDOM
"How can mirrors be real if our eyes aren't real"—Jaden Smith
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EMPATHY
"We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old - and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges."—President Barack Obama
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ADAPTABILITY
"In biology, an adaptation, also called an adaptive trait, is a trait with a current functional role in the life history of an organism that is maintained and evolved by means of natural selection. Adaptation refers to both the current state of being adapted and to the dynamic evolutionary process that leads to the adaptation. Adaptations contribute to the fitness and survival of individuals. Organisms face a succession of environmental challenges as they grow and develop and are equipped with an adaptive plasticity as the phenotype of traits develop in response to the imposed conditions. The developmental norm of reaction for any given trait is essential to the correction of adaptation as it affords a kind of biological insurance or resilience to varying environments."—Wikipedia
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CREATIVITY
"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things."—Bill Gates
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DEPENDABILITY
"I'll be there for you"—Friends
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TENACITY
"Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"—President Thomas Whitemore
CURIOSITY
"Fucking magnets, how do they work?"—2 Dope, Insane Clown Posse
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RESPECT
"I think I'm a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it's authority that I respect."—Tupac Shakur
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OPENNESS
"君子周而不比,小人比而不周。"—Confucius
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TRUST
"You have to trust your teammates. That’s why it’s important to race together. When you come up you need to learn to rely on your team, that’s the difference between a Cat 1 and pro. On a pro team there is a much deeper pool of talent, you have to race for the team, the whole team."—Quinn Keogh
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CHARACTER
“One car in exchange for knowing what a man’s made of. That’s a price I can live with.”—Han Lue
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COMMUNICATION
"You have to be able to communicate. That's what separates us from the lower animals. Well, dolphins can talk. But actually dolphins are higher animals, like orcas. But yeah, communication is important."—Alex Howes
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CONFIDENCE
"I'm tired of people not treating me like the gift that I am."—Paula Abdul
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COMMITMENT
"Maybe I'm old-school, but I always thought you honor a contract."—Brett Favre
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COMMITMENT
"Maybe I'm old-school, but I always thought you honor a contract."—Brett Favre
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COMMITMENT
"Maybe I'm old-school, but I always thought you honor a contract."—Brett Favre
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KINDNESS
"And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."—Colossians 3:14
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BELIEF
"I BELIEVE I CAN FLY
I BELIEVE I CAN TOUCH THE SKY
I THINK ABOUT IT EVERY NIGHT AND DAY
SPREAD MY WINGS AND FLY AWAY
I BELIEVE I CAN SOAR
I SEE ME RUNNING THROUGH THAT OPEN DOOR
I BELIEVE I CAN FLY
I BELIEVE I CAN FLY
I BELIEVE I CAN FLY"
R. Kelly
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ACHIEVEMENT
"What we do in life echoes in eternity."—Abraham Lincoln
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HAPPINESS
"I just want one day off when I can go swimming and eat ice cream and look at rainbows."—Mariah Carey
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HAPPINESS
"Good artists copy, great artists steal."—Pablo Picasso
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LEADERSHIP
"Some goddamn fool once said that flanks have got to be secure. Since then sonofabitches all over the globe have been guarding their flanks. I don't agree with that. My flanks are something for the enemy to worry about, not me. Before he finds out where my flanks are, I'll be cutting the bastard's throat."—General George S. Patton
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INDIVIDUALITY
"You are beautiful no matter what they say"—Christina "Xtina" Aguilera
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