Before the jet lag had fully left, I was right back into the everyday life that I had escaped in Bend. It isn't horrible or even bad, really, but that post-trip hangover makes everything about normal life look a little sadder. But now that has all faded. The little touch of homesickness that I had (really missing my wife and son) was quickly eradicated when I was greeted at the door by Owen dressed in a triceratops costume, running around like a little whirlwind. The biggest shock was realizing that he had changed pretty noticeably in the 5 days I had been gone. Wow.
Now, as school winds down for the winter break, the ability to focus on all of the things that the shop needs is a welcome relief. We have some big things to accomplish prior to beginning the new year and having some days off from school will allow me to help make those things happen.
The one thing that absolutely can't change is the core principle that we are a bike shop and not a bike store. The differences are subtle in writing but dramatic in reality. A bike shop, our bike shop, is a place to come and be a part of a community. That idea of community built out of a love of bikes was stoked hotter and brighter by our visit to Bend. As a bike shop, we want to see you, want you to come by to talk or hang out. Regardless of whether you buy something or not, the bike shop is there to be the hub of our small bike community here in Lenoir.
Since the last 'cross race of the season is in the books, my thoughts are turning to mountain biking. I have been swept up in the "Big Revolution" of 29er mountain bikes and it has really stoked me on getting out and riding more than ever before. To say that I am a convert to the 29er would be an understatement. I freakin' love 'em! Come out join us for a mountain bike ride, the more the merrier!
Even though the weather is chilly, the season starts now for training and getting ready for the coming season. Saturday road rides will be heading out from the shop at 10 am, weather permitting (i.e. rain or snow, don't show!). Our highly refined, high tea, dirt road rides will begin soon, so keep an eye out for notifications here.