Back in the day, Chris' friend Josh visited him at the shop occasionally and he often rode bikes with us after-hours, and early on Tuesday mornings now and then, too. For a short while, Josh's sister Melanie also worked at the bike shop.
Sarah is Josh and Melanie's mom.
And now, it just so happens, I'm doing a little work for Josh.
It's a small town.
So, a few years later, being as clever as he is, and seeing an interesting niche in the marketplace, he started-up a little online retail company out of his garage called Bike Trailer Shop, selling all sorts of essential, esoteric, and hard-to-find trailer and travel gear for bikes. Not-surprisingly, Bike Trailer Shop has done quite well; it's grown to the point where Josh has hired several additional employees, moved his warehouse operations into a much larger location downtown, and expanded into the Bike Bag and Kid's Bike markets, too.
Josh has begun to weave all these aspects of his many business ventures together, quite naturally, under a large umbrella covering all aspects of what you might call Cycling With A Purpose. Among his most recent endeavors is a new information-based website called UtilityCycling.org.
Some time ago Josh asked me if I'd be interested in contributing to Utility Cycling once in a while, focusing on my experiences riding with my kid and together as a family. I was flattered, of course. And stoked to get some real work writing productively (that is, not just writing narcissistically on my own blog) about bikes and such. But as happens, life got busy, one thing led to another, and my first 'deadline' got back-burnered for more than a month, while Josh waited patiently for me to clear a little room on my plate.
|My former classroom|
And here it is: Learning To Ride... at UtilityCycling.org.