The new fork is blue, and that's really all that matters...
I got Blu back this morning from the bike shop with a shiny new Chris King headset and I'm putting him back together. I talked to Matt at Velocity wheels and they are going to replace the rim that failed in Germany on warranty even though I don't have the old rim to prove I even had one of their products in the first place. They're even upgrading me to a stronger rim for free. Now that's customer service. Gregg's Cycle could take a lesson from Velocity!
A few of the parts.
When I had a similar wheel malfunction on a new bike I bought at Gregg's Cycle in Green Lake, they told me to take a hike, no new wheel for you. I guess that shows you how much Gregg's cares for their customers.
I expect to get my new super duper chain rings next week, and barring any unforeseen screw ups, I should be ready for the three-day tour T-bone and I are planning for November.