Pump Up Your Tires & Then Enjoy The Ride!
Updated: Sep 25
You are resting comfortably on a park bench that happens to be situated along a smoothly paved bicycle trail. You observe that some of riders are "just breezing along" as if balanced momentum and freedom really are just the way we are designed to push those pedals and enjoy the ride!
Other riders, you observe, seem to be suffering from an array of unnecessary challenges. Some have nearly flat tires making it a challenge to build positive momentum. Others have misaligned handlebars making it a challenge to steer around obstacles with ease. Some are afraid to put weight into the pedals and get going simply because their brakes are not yet working properly. Others are stuck in a gear that makes it a challenge to relax and enjoy. And some, with popped chains and completely flat tires, are stuck walking and only wishing that they could get back to the balanced momentum and freedom of riding again!
And as you are resting comfortably, you begin to reflect on how you, yourself, have experienced many of the same challenges that these other riders are facing. And you are reminded of extra time you have invested wisely to inflate your tires, adjust your handlebars, fine tune your brakes, and adjust your gears to shift smoothly all to finally create maintain the finely-tuned riding experience that you, yourself, know to be possible and you, yourself, have come to expect.
The next day you wake up with a bright idea and decide to open a quaint little bicycle repair shop located right at the entrance to the park - and after a year goes by, you begin to reflect on how most of your regular customers are in fact the exact same riders who were already "just breezing along" and that the other riders who were suffering unnecessarily were still, in fact, doing just that. All of the riders passed right by your quaint little bicycle repair shop on their way into the park, but (almost) only those who were already "just breezing along" actually decided to stop in to create and maintain the finely-tuned riding experience that they too knew to be possible and they too had come to expect.