11 January 2006 - 2:14Four Letter Words
Sometimes they mean good things, sometimes not, but most of the really good ones are rich with passion and life.
BIKE, for instance. The bike is a magical machine, for me, not only can it transport me back in time to when I was a kid, it can give me moments of clarity when everything else is falling down, it can scare the crap out of me, and it can reward you with an unbeatable sense of accomplishment when you can pull something really big off.
LOVE is another. Anything that you love is worth spending time on.
WORK, is a good example of a four letter word that can be both good and bad.
SHOP. Now there’s a good one…
After spending most of my adult life bringing success to others, or getting beat down by “The Man”, I was beginning to question if I was ever going to get a shot at glory.
A series of dead end jobs can do that to a person, but the only true thing to me was my bike. A few years ago, I tossed aside the $6000 full suspension bike, and went rigid, and 29″. I haven’t looked back.
After I finished with my last demoralizing experience with a “real” job that kept me away from my family, and rewarded me with nothing, I ended spending quite some time in the saddle, on my newly converted single speed Surly Karate Monkey. I punished myself on our local paved and dirt road terrain as hunting season was in full swing
I got happy again, rode a ton. And those four words I listed above started floating around in my head. Maybe it was the lack of oxygen to the brain, but they really started to resonate.
So I did something about it.
I’m opening a shop, catering not only to my fellow 29ers, but to the entire local cycling community. Maybe my experiences will be able to help others find their way on two wheels too.
Unfortunately, in the short term, I have created another four letter word, one that I am not that fond of…
Stay tuned for updates!