It was cold in New England when we woke up this morning. It was a pleasant change from the tropical, late summer heat we’d been pedaling through. It was also a reminder that the summer, despite the weather, is quickly receding. It’ll be October when we unlock the shop door on Monday.
We are still in the thick of building our 20th season’s worth of bikes and still basking in the gratitude of being able to do what we do. Our riders call and write. They stop by to visit, to see the shop, and it reinforces for us how valuable the bike is as a way to connect to people with cycling. The bike is almost secondary. Almost.
We thought we would celebrate 20 years more, but the truth is we are as busy as ever, with our heads down building bikes. It’s the bike-builder equivalent of the paceline rider only lifting his or her gaze when coming to the front of the line.
The cold morning air coming in at the window woke us up. What a great season it has been, again. What cool bikes we’ve been able to deliver, and at the root of it all, what nice people we’ve been able to meet.
As some of the crew in the shop has begun racing cross over the past few weeks, our riders are also shifting gears, thinking of cross, mixed-terrain, mountain, plus and fat bikes for the end of the calendar year. Of course, it’s always sunny and warm somewhere, so we’re not done building the many varieties of road bike we make either.
A shift in seasons is usually bittersweet, right? Part of you rues the swift passing of time and regrets not having done more, the other is excited for the things the new season brings. Mostly we feel that excitement. We are moving forward so quickly, with new bikes, new forks, new industry partnerships that will deliver even better bikes to our riders, that it’s hard to think much on the summer. Something new is blowing in the window, and we can’t wait to see what it might be.