What do you do when your photographer/videographer brother asks you to stand in the perfect light? You dance—because why stand still when you can dance and enjoy the moment more?
Enjoying the moment is why we ride our bicycles. As cyclists we ride, we race, we compete, we train, we sweat, we bleed, and we endure loads of pain. But it is the pure enjoyment that enables us to continue and persevere through the trials within the sport that we love.
This edit is meant to capture that enjoyment. Whether or not you remember what it felt like to first take off on two wheels, every rider experiences the unique moment where they realize that they don’t want to be anywhere else. Two wheels are where it’s at and two wheels are where we’ll stay.
But we, as riders, also need to be honest with ourselves. We wouldn’t be able to enjoy riding nearly as much without our local bike shops. In an age where many interactions, purchases, and learning happens on the World Wide Web, we tend to forget about the bike shop that got us started. My brother and I couldn’t have put this edit together without generous help from our local bike shop, Trail Head Cyclery.
I’m not asking you to come to our shop right now, but what I’m asking you to do is to take a moment to remember the shop that got you started on your two wheeled adventures. Please, tell them thanks for the help. Sure, you pay them money. Yeah, they mess up at times. And I bet there was that one time where they promised a part that didn’t come when it was supposed to. But they’re people. They’re riders. They are lovers of the two wheels just like you are. Please, give them a break.
You might be able to buy parts cheaper online. You may have a buddy that has insider deals with a big company. You may be a “penny-pinching” rider that does every repair himself (or herself). But please don’t forget your local shop. We wouldn’t be able to be mountain bikers without them.
Take some time to tell your local shop thank you for all their hard work this week. I know the guys (or gals) working there would really appreciate it.
Video: Matthew Gillooley
Riding: Dan Gillooley
Words: Dan Gillooley