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Demolition Night–Monday

We’re breaking down bicycles. Some of our donations are not in good enough condition to ride again. So, we use Demolition Night to break them down. We save the parts that are usable and send the rest to the scrap metal yard.

This work is a great activity for beginners. You can get your hands on some tools and bicycles. And you don’t have to worry about breaking something…because that’s exactly what you are supposed to be doing!

Join us: Monday, 6:30 – 9:00. Demolition Night is only for Revolutions Members. Not a member, yet? You can join when you arrive.

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Wednesday night brought our hottest Bike to Dinner, yet. But we still had 50 people show
up to ride. This time we had 7 families bring along a total of 11 children riding. We also had 2 adults back on bicycles for the first time since they were kids, and a man who was on his first ride since returning to Memphis after a 15 year hiatus.

Maciel’s Tortas & Tacos did a great job getting our food out quickly. And their upstairs dessert bar, with cupcakes and Mexican Ice Pops, were greatly appreciated!

 

Check out Explore Bike Share THIS WEEK

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Explore Bike Share’ demonstration bike share station will be in town, this week.

The station will serve as a physical example of the rented on-demand bicycle network that will be implemented in Memphis once the $4 million initial capital is reached.

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Check out the bike share station at one of these locations:

Wednesday, July 27
11-2 p.m. Overton Square
4-7 p.m. Intersection of Union Avenue & Main Street
Thursday, July 28
9-1 p.m. South Memphis Farmers Market
6-9 p.m. Levitt Shell
Friday, July 29
11-2 p.m. FedEx Forum — Food Truck Friday

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ABOUT EXPLORE BIKE SHARE. Explore Bike Share is a 501(c)3 with a mission to bring a bike share system to Memphis in 2017. It strives to develop and implement a bike sharing program for the benefit of the general public with access to as many Memphians as possible; promote bike culture in Memphis through community development, bike education and safety training; and encourage exercise and healthy lifestyles. Bike share is an on-demand network of rental bicycles; check out a bike from any station and go to the next destination, paying per ride, per day, or per month. For more information, visit explorebikeshare.comClick here to view the promotional video!

 

What’s Happening This Week
July 24–31

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.    
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
Demolition Night

Thursday:
2:00-9:00 p.m.    
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open

Saturday
8:30 am-3:30 pm 
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.   
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Where will you ride with us?

Women’s Bike Chat — TODAY!

Where is summer going?! Today, is already the 3rd Sunday of the month, which means it’s time for another Women’s Bike Chat. We’ve had several new woman around the Shop, and they were asking questions about riding. Won’t you join us for chatting and encouragement about riding bicycles, in Memphis? Sure, it’s hot as blazes! But when we ride through the neighborhood, the breeze feels nice!! Will you meet with us today at 2:00 p.m.?

Bring your bicycles and we’ll take an easy neighborhood ride. Don’t let not having a bike stop you from riding with us. You can rent one of ours for $5, plus tax!

 

Flat Fix Class — TOMORROW!

Monday, July 18, is our next Members’ class: Fix a Flat. This class covers everything you need to know about tires and tubes. Learn why you get flats and the best ways to prevent them, in the future. Plus, learn about ways you can get involved with Revolutions, both in our workshop and around the community.

This class is free and for Revolutions members, only. Not a member of Revolutions, yet? You can join when you sign up for class!

 

Bike to Dinner — WEDNESDAY!

Don’t miss our last Bike to Dinner ride. This Wednesday, we’re headed to  Maciel’s Tortas & Tacos. Have you been to this new downtown restaurant? It’s muy delicious!! You can see pictures of their beautiful food here.

Rides meet at Revolutions, on the Cooper-side of First Congo, in front of our gate with bike art above it. Meet up at 6:30 and roll out by 6:45, at the latest. If you are renting bicycles, please come at 6:15.

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All rides are weather dependent (we will postpone, if it looks like rain). And we require helmets on all Revolutions sponsored rides. Bring your bike in to Revolutions for a tune-up before the 20th, to make sure it’s ready to ride! And as always, you’ll need lights and locks, as we will ride back after dark. We take a pretty easy pace. Please remember that you ride at your own risk.

Don’t let not having a bike keep you from riding with us. We have bikes for sale, in our Shop. And we also rent adult bikes for $5, and family cargo bikes for $10 plus tax, on the night of a Bike to Dinner ride.

We hope you’ll join us!

 

Job Opening!

Commute Options Ambassadors will do outreach at worksites and events.  Do you know of good candidates?  The primary qualifications are interest in transit and bicycling, a positive attitude, and good outreach and communications skills.  This is a good opportunity for someone who may otherwise have limited employment pathways and/or isn’t in the workforce now. Read the full job posting, here.

 

Explore Bike Share to Bring Demo Station to Memphis

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Explore Bike Share, a nonprofit motivated to install a comprehensive bike share system in Memphis, will bring a demonstration bike share station to town the week of July 26-29.

B-Cycle, a leading bike share system manufacturer & Memphis’ selected vendor, will set up a station throughout Memphis for residents, tourists and potential sponsors to experience the health, cultural, environmental and urban transportation benefits of bike share. The station will serve as a physical example of the rented on-demand bicycle network that will be implemented in Memphis once the $4 million initial capital is reached.

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The bike share demonstration schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, July 27
11-2 p.m. Overton Square
4-7 p.m. Intersection of Union Avenue & Main Street
Thursday, July 28
9-1 p.m. South Memphis Farmers Market
6-9 p.m. Levitt Shell
Friday, July 29
11-2 p.m. FedEx Forum — Food Truck Friday

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ABOUT EXPLORE BIKE SHARE. Explore Bike Share is a 501(c)3 with a mission to bring a bike share system to Memphis in 2017. It strives to develop and implement a bike sharing program for the benefit of the general public with access to as many Memphians as possible; promote bike culture in Memphis through community development, bike education and safety training; and encourage exercise and healthy lifestyles. Bike share is an on-demand network of rental bicycles; check out a bike from any station and go to the next destination, paying per ride, per day, or per month. For more information, visit explorebikeshare.comClick here to view the promotional video!

 

What’s Happening This Week
July 17–24

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.              
 Women’s Bike Chat
2:00-6:00 p.m.    
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.     Fix a Flat Class

Wednesday:
6:30 p.m.:               Maciel’s Tortas & Tacos

Thursday:
2:00-9:00 p.m.    
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open

Saturday
8:30 am-3:30 pm 
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.   
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Coming Up, Soon!

Monday, July 25
6:30 p.m.               Demolition Night

 

Open Shop

This week is pretty quiet, but we have a lot of Open Shop opportunities for you! In fact, all of our Members’ Shop hours this week are Open Shop hours. That means that on Sunday (from 2-6) and Monday/Thursday evenings (6:30-9:00) you can work on your own bike projects. Fix you brakes, re-wrap your handlebars or finally clean that squeaky chain? You can do all of these things and more during Open Shop! We will have volunteers available to help you, if you don’t know where to start.

 

Are you new to Revolutions?

Our Members’ classes are a great way to get started in our workshop. Next Monday, July 18, is our next Members’ class: Fix a Flat. This class covers everything you need to know about tires and tubes. Learn why you get flats and the best ways to prevent them, in the future. Plus, learn about ways you can get involved with Revolutions, both in our workshop and around the community.

This class is free and for Revolutions members, only. Not a member of Revolutions, yet? You can join when you sign up for class!

 

Did you miss Bike to Dinner?

We had a great time riding to Huey’s Downtown, with manager Dax Nichols. We were also accompanied by Revolutions member and longtime Huey’s employee Jay Fite. Jay does the accounting for all the Huey’s locations, plus loves to help folks learn to wrench on bicycles, at Revolutions! Thanks, Huey’s, for a great ride!!

Join us on our next Bike to Dinner when we head to Maciel’s Tortas & Tacos. July 20, at 6:30 p.m.

What’s Happening This Week
July 10 — 17

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.   
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.   
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open

Thursday:
2:00-9:00 p.m.    
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
 Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open

Saturday
8:30 am-3:30 pm 
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.              Women’s Bike Chat
2:00-6:00 p.m.   
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Coming Up, Soon!

Classes

July 18: Fix a Flat

Bike to Dinner Rides:

July 22: Maciel’s Tortas & Tacos

Ride with Sparklers!

Revolutions will be closed today, and tomorrow, for the 4th of July. But join us Wednesday for Bike to Dinner. We’re meeting at 6:30, in front of the Revolutions Bike Gate. Read more details, here.

 

Also, check out our booth at Thursday’s Levitt Shell show. Or come by the Shop to work on your bicycle, for Thursday’s Open Shop.

 

Bikes for Kids

We had an overabundance of children’s bikes. So we were really happy to share them with the new Carpenter Street Community Bike Shop. As a project of the Carpenter Art Garden, they are fixing up bikes for kids in Binghampton.

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What’s Happening This Week
July 3 — 10

Sunday:                  SHOP CLOSED for 4th of July weekend

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    SHOP CLOSED for 4th of July. Can you ride with sparklers?!

Wednesday:
6:30 p.m.                Bike to Dinner to Huey’s Downtown

Thursday:
2:00-9:00 p.m.    
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
 Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open
7:30 p.m.                Revolutions at the Levitt Shell’s Amplify Memphis booth

Saturday
8:30 am-3:30 pm 
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals

Sunday:                   

2:00-6:00 p.m.   Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Coming Up, Soon!

Classes

July 18: Fix a Flat

Bike to Dinner Rides:

July 22: Maciel’s Tacos y Tortas

They Wrenched and They Rode…

We just finished three weeks of Wrench and Ride Bicycle Summer Camp. We had 35 kids, in grades 4 – 12, ride all over town and fix on bicycles in our workshop! We hope we’ve given them a taste of how to use their bicycles for transportation freedom. Many showed an aptitude for working on bicycles. So we hope we’ll see them, and their families, back in the Shop soon!

Last week, we had High Schoolers. On our Thursday ride, one camper’s bike got a large puncture in the tire. Instead of trying to patch it on the road in the heat, we took full advantage of our cargo bikes. We loaded up the camper’s bike on one cargo bike. And put the camper on the back of the other. I loved it as an opportunity to show off how useful cargo bikes can be!!

Our group of 8 high schoolers, plus 5 adults and 2 small helpers, made a lot of one way bike trips. Several of our Campers chose to ride to and from camp, and a few rode other places like to the pool and to dinner.Our daily camp rides took us a total of about 35 miles! Every day, when we got back from our rides, we looked at the map. At the beginning of the week, they had some trouble finding the route we rode. But by the end of the week, they seemed like skilled map readers.

On Friday, we took my favorite ride of the week and headed to Overton Park. The High Schoolers, like the two previous groups, thought that the Zoo should let people know that they have bicycle parking at their front door! We also looked for bicycle parking at Rainbow Lake playground, the Levitt Shell and the Brooks museum. They all have it. Way to go Overton Park partners!!

I am so grateful to the folks, who made this camp possible. A big, big thank you goes out to:

Jon Pegg, Katrina Perdue, Teddy Crum and the kids, Allison Schweizer, Audry Rollen, MaryPat Harris, Maya Benson and Sherri Walker. Thanks for riding, getting sweaty and helping me wrangle all of those kids!!! Thanks, Sam Griffin for the passport book and map! Thanks to Carter Beard for those delicious snacks, even when you couldn’t use nuts and honey! And thanks to Xavier Vinas for our camp publications and delightful T-shirts!

Demolition Night: TOMORROW!

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Demolition Night is a great time for members, new and old, to get your hands on some bicycles. We have some bicycles with parts that we want for our Parts Warehouse. Will you come help us pull them off the bicycles? Join us 6:30 – 9:00, on Monday night. We’ll have volunteers to guide your work. You must be a member to use our tools, but you can join when you arrive!

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Rock ‘n Dough Pizza was a great place to ride. It was much hotter than last time but we
still had a group of 35!! JJ, the Area Manager, brought out a complimentary pizza for the group, with pepperoni spokes!

Make plans to join us next time. It really is cooler, when we ride home! All rides meet at 6:30, in front of our Revolutions Bike Gate entrance.

July 6: Huey’s Downtown
July 22: Maciel’s Tacos y Tortas

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Sylvia (that’s me) is headed to Chicago for a little down time, after all that Summer Camp.
I plan to ride bicycles, enjoy cooler temperatures and check out some other great community bicycle programs. Watch here and on our Facebook and Instagram for photos of my trip!

 

What’s Happening This Week
June 26 — July 3

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.   Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
Demolition Night!, plus Retail Shop is open

Thursday:
2:00-9:00 p.m.    
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
 Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open

Saturday
8:30 am-3:30 pm
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals

Sunday:                   SHOP CLOSED for 4th of July. Can you ride with sparklers?!

 

Coming Up, Soon!

Bike to Dinner Rides:

July 6: Huey’s Downtown
July 22: Maciel’s Tacos y Tortas

Classes

July 18: Fix a Flat

Ride with Dad + Bike to Dinner!

This week has two group bicycle rides. Join us today, at 2:00 p.m. for a Ride with Dad. Sure, it will probably be hot and super sweaty. But there’s cold beer at the end. And don’t you want to do something nice for Dad? We have Cargo Bikes ($10) and Trail-a-bikes ($5) that you can rent, if you want to carry some extra folks along! Please come at 1:45, if you are renting!!

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And don’t forget this Wednesday’s Bike to Dinner. We’re headed to Rock ‘n Dough Pizza with owner Jeremy Denno. These rides are a fun way to get to dinner, as well as spend time with 50 of your closest friends. We ride slow enough to chat. And we have bikes to rent. Meet at 6:30, in front of Revolutions’ Bike Gate. If you are renting, please come 15 minutes early! Check out more details, here.

Summer Camp update

It was Middle School camp, last week. I found myself posting less to Facebook and feeling more exhausted! During the week, our group of 16 Campers, plus 6 adults and 2 small helpers made a lot of one way bike trips. In fact, we calculated that with our daily ride during camp, plus those of us riding to and from camp, and some of us riding in the afternoons, too, we took a total of about 495 trips by bike. I think that’s pretty amazing! And our daily camp rides took us a total of about 35 miles!

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There is one more week of camp, and it’s High School week. Now is your last chance, if you know a high schooler who would like to know more about using his or her bicycle. Last minute signups, here!

 

How to Ride in the Street class, completed.

Last Sunday completed our first How to Ride in the Street class. Thanks to co-teachers Kendra Hotz and Dawn Vinson, as well as volunteers Emily Gum, Abbey Judd and Anna Talley. They offered wisdom and experience about how to become confident riding in the street. The effects of their great instruction showed as the group rode off for their last ride.

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This mom even had the confidence to put her toddler on the back and try out one of our cargo bikes!

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Way to go everyone!!

Did you see us in the Flyer?

Bike to Dinner made the cover of the Memphis Flyer, this week. And bicycling in Memphis is highlighted as better than ever! Check it out here.

 

What’s Happening This Week
June 19–26

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.              
Women’s Bike Chat: Ride with Dad! Everyone’s invited!
2:00-6:00 p.m.   SHOP CLOSED for Father’s Day. Take Dad for a Bike ride!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open

Wednesday, June 22:
6:30 p.m.                Bike To Dinner: Rock ‘n Dough

Thursday:
2:00-9:00 p.m.    
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open

Saturday
8:30 am-3:30 pm  
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.   
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

 

Coming Up, Soon!

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June 20-24: Summer Camps for Rising 10th, 11th, & 12th graders LAST CALL!

Wrench and Ride Bicycle Summer Camp

We had a great turnout for our first Bike to Dinner ride, of the summer. Fifty people gathered to ride! Central BBQ’s owner, Craig Blondis, joined us and also brought his kids along to ride. We were really pleased to have four of our Summer Bike Camp participants bring their families. We actually had 8 families riding with children, for a total of 15 kids riding along with us! We’re definitely claiming this as a Kidical Mass ride, too!
 
We didn’t get back until 10:00 p.m. because everyone was having such a good time eating and talking together. We talk a lot around the Shop about how we can build community by getting people on bicycles. I think we hit this work spot on, last night!
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In April, an African American family came to a group ride that we cohosted with our friend, Mia Madison. That ride was advertised specifically to African American families, as a way to get outdoors together. This family rented bicycles from Revolutions for the ride. They then proceeded to sign up their two children for our Wrench and Ride Bicycle Summer Camps (one in the elementary week and one in the high school week). They joined us again, this week, for our Bike to Dinner ride, again renting bicycles. Mom said, at the end of the evening, that she is now saving up to buy a bicycle as a Christmas present for herself. This family has changed their view of bicycling, by connecting with Revolutions and finding that bicycles can offer them a way to connect with each other and with the community.

Bicycle Summer Camp

We finished our first week of Wrench & Ride Bicycle Summer Camp. We had eleven rising 4th through 6th graders. They jumped right in to games, riding and work on bicycles. I loved that after they learned how to pull about the bottom bracket, the next question was, “Are we going to take other things off of the bike?!” We also opened up some headsets, to see the ball bearings that allow the handlebars to turn. And we looked over the kids’ bikes to see if everything is in good working order (there are a few that could use some work!). We rode all over town to places like the Children’s Museum, Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, and the Kroc Center, as well as the Pink Palace and Memphis Lake. We also explored the bike racks at Peabody and Idlewild Elementary schools.

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On Friday, we rode to Overton Park to look at the bike parking offered at several park amenities. We found that the Levitt Shell has loads of bike parking, though it mostly looks like art and that is confusing. We also learned what it means that they are offering free Bike Valet for all 50 of their shows, this summer. We successfully rode to the Zoo, even though a car in the long line to get into the parking lot tried to ignore us when it was turning left and we had the right of way. The kids thought maybe the Zoo should let people know about the bike parking that it has, right at it’s front door. And we did a little letter writing to thank Overton Park Conservancy for their efforts to make the park better for all of us, to thank the Zoo, the Levitt Shell and the Brooks Museum for the bike parking that they already have, and to encourage all of them to do more to get folks to ride bicycles to the Park!

This coming week, our Middle School camp is full. But if you know a teenager who would like to join us, we still have space in our high school camp!

Basic Bike Assessment, this Week!

Are you new to Revolutions and wondering where to start, in our Workshop? Join us for ourIMG_3265.JPG Basic Bike Assessment class. It’s included in your Revolutions Membership and it is a great way to make a list of what needs fixing on your bicycle. We go over the names of bike parts, as well as which parts should move and which shouldn’t be loose. We also use this class as an introduction to all the many ways you can get involved. If you don’t want to bring your own bike to class, you can use one of ours! Join us, Thursday, June 16 at 6:30. Read more and sign up, here.

Women’s Bike Chat: Hosts Ride with Dad

Next Sunday, we will celebrate the successful completion of our How to Ride in the Street class, and Father’s Day, by hosting a ride. The Shop will be CLOSED for working on bikes. So, instead, join us for a leisurely ride through the neighborhood. We will meander around and end up at Memphis Made, to raise one for Dad. Join us in front of our Bike Gate at 2:00 p.m. We’ll have bikes available to rent for $5, plus tax. Please remember that all Revolutions sponsored rides require the wearing of the helmet!

What’s Happening This Week
June 12-19

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.   
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!
2:00 p.m.               How to Ride in the Street — Last Class!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open

Thursday:
2:00-9:00 p.m.    
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
 Basic Bike Assessment class

Friday:
10:00 a.m.              First Congo Easy Riders TriCycles ride:
Meet at Overton Park Golf Clubhouse

Saturday
8:30 am-3:30 pm  
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.               
Women’s Bike Chat: Ride with Dad!
2:00 p.m.               Shop CLOSED
for Father’s Day

 

Coming Up, Soon!

Thursday, June 16:
6:30-9:00:              Basic Bike Assessment class

Wednesday, June 22:
6:30 p.m.                Bike To Dinner: Rock ‘n Dough

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June 13-17: Summer Camps for Rising 7th, 8th, & 9th graders This week is FULL!
June 20-24: Summer Camps for Rising 10th, 11th, & 12th graders We still have space!

 

 

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Saturdays 8:30-3:30
Sundays 2:00-6:00

Workshop Hours for Members
Sundays 2:00-6:00 (Open Shop)
Mondays 6:30-9:00
Thursdays 6:30-9:00

Call Us: 901-726-6409

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