It is time to call it a day. This weekend I made an extremely tough decision, to quit writing here on this blog.
For the simple reason I have run out of things to write about, or rather worthwhile stuff that people want to read.
People like the tech stuff, and history. The tech stuff, I have just about covered it all. The beauty of the bicycle is its simplicity, you push one pedal down and the other one comes up.
How much technical stuff can there be, I have used up all I have. I have not kept up with the new stuff, I have no reason to, I am no longer in the business,
As for history, "You can't make that stuff up.” Some I write from memory, but as with the tech stuff, I have covered most of my personal experiences already.
I have written about the riders who were the heroes of my youth, others who were not my heroes I do not care to rehash stuff from the Internet that anyone can find.
All I am left with is commenting on current events. However, I am not a political animal, and I hate the fact that people use the bicycle as a political tool. These days, I just want to ride my bike, and I like to think I write for people who want to do the same.
I am not out to save the planet, or ban automobiles. In my real life, I have cut back to one small car, but I did that for economic reasons, not political. A person can survive without a car if they wish, but that is not my wish. I enjoy the convenience of owning my own car.
Why is it, the extreme left wing, eco-nuts think they own the exclusive right to the bicycle? And why is it, if you ride a bicycle everyone thinks you are an extreme left wing, eco-nut?
Looking back on my most recent posts, I am not happy with them; it is not work I can say I am proud of. Not that I didn’t make the same effort to write it, as with any other post, or choose words any less carefully. The subject matter is negative, and I am only using it because that is all I have.
A comment on my last post was a reality check for me. It read:
Interesting comment - about one possibly insignificant, irritated old man. From where I am, a long way away, it looks a lot like over-reaction though - merely one grumpy old man complaining about another.
The last way I want to be remembered, is as a grumpy old man. This is not the first time this comment has been made. Yes I get angry, anger is passion, and without passion in life, there is no life. You may as well give up and die.
My only desire when I started this was to share the knowledge and memories I have gathered over the years. I have done that, to keep going is to do so just for the sake of keeping going.
I have been writing here for almost three years, there are 286 posts, enough material to fill a book. Having filled a book with all the knowledge and memories I have, how can I write another?
This was not an easy decision; my readership is the highest it has ever been. I felt I had an obligation to those readers. However, I have an obligation to myself; this blog is not my whole life. I am involved in many other creative endeavors.
In the end I decided the best time to quit is now, while my readership is at the highest, not a year from now when it has dwindled to nothing, and everyone says I have lost it.
This site is not going away; about 70% of my daily hits come from Google searches by people seeking bicycle knowledge. The blog material will stay, and after I have taken a break, I will develop the site for people who still own and ride bikes I built.
There will be more photos of owners bikes, and possibly a bike registry. I have a backlog of about fifty emails I need to answer, maybe now I can finally catch up.
I'm sure there are many readers who have not even come close to reading all that is here. Now is your opportunity to catch up.
Not all recent comments have been negative, in fact quite the reverse. I what to thank the many who have been supportive, and for giving me the feeling that it has all been extremely worthwhile.