Believe it or not, I got 52 entries for the writing contest: The day I fell in love with my bike.
Everyone had outstanding stories, but there was something really special about this one, and I hope you agree. Congratulations to Ron Shepard for his entry, and thanks for participating, everyone!
Ron has $140 to spend at the POC store!
A letter from an uncle to his nephew:
September 10, 2010
Along with this letter,
you will find a very special toy; I hope you will enjoy it. You will
have many cherished toys in your life, but somehow your bike will always
Your bike is a tool for your imagination; it can
be a horse, a motorcycle, a race car, or a fighter plane, and any ole’
place can become a cobblestone path on the Tour de’ France, or the rocky
landscape of a distant planet.
Your bike is your first simple
independence; it allows you to go places, to explore, and to venture
forth. Every bike rider I know has a memorable ride from their
childhood, and yours are all just ahead.
You will see that
biking begins as a challenge, then an accomplishment, and then an
escape. Your bike can become a conduit for un-cluttered thinking, an
outlet for pent-up energy, and a form of expression; not quite like
dancing, much more like flying. Learn to be your bikes care-giver (it is
a wonderful thing to retire a bicycle that you have lovingly
maintained), and while you practice mechanical reasoning upon it, it
will teach you about physics.
Every bike rider has a moment of
clarity when they sense that somehow, they became totally connected
with their bicycle. Every rider also has a moment when they crash
(really hard), and feel betrayed by their bicycle. You will love your
old bike, and you will be inspired with each new one.
remember teaching my son how to ride his bike, and I welcome every ride
with him still. I hope your bike brings you the same opportunity for
connection with your parents, and I want to remind you to take them for
rides, even when you will have to slow down for them.
sound strange, but I think it is sort of a privilege to give a kid their
first bicycle, and I hope you will share this one when you outgrow it. I
look forward to when you can show me your favorite trail!