A Quick Note About Leaving Bikes Together

Many of you have already heard that my wife Emily was recently offered her dream job.  Not only is it permanent work (a huge plus!), she will be able to make a big impact for the better on many people’s lives.  We’re going for it, but it’s in Minneapolis. I want to share a few thoughts about my time with The Bike Depot/Bikes Together but I’m having a tough time writing it.  

Like many of you, I have spent a lot of time here, given a lot, learned a lot, and I feel it has generally been very positive.  We have helped tens of thousands of people over the past decade to ride bikes, many of whom would not be riding otherwise. As much as we sometimes second-guess ourselves about approaches or wonder about our impact, or if the hard work and sacrifice are worth it, considering the alternative, I think we have to say yes.

I have learned a tremendous amount about bikes through the years, much of it obscure:  not only do I now know about gluing tubular tires, building wheels, suspensions, and doing crazy Dave Babb brake pad reshaping (and have developed an appreciation for sweet, sweet y-frames!), but I know even more about how you all pull together when times are tough, and I have never seen anything like it.

I am humbled to have been around through the winter of 2017-2018, and as tough as that was in many ways, I learned more about myself and all of you as a result, and I am better for it.  I have never seen a community of people pull together, put aside their differences, and do something that some math in Excel and reasonable assumptions seemed to indicate would not be possible.  We are simply not reasonable!

And thank you for humoring me with the wedding last fall.  It was quite a bit of ego to shut down a street for our shop to celebrate, but the community was also behind that, and it still shocks me that we were able to pull that off.

Thank you for letting me be a part of everything.

-Andrew