It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. I’m just back from an early morning walk up to the ridge behind my house to watch the sun rise over the river. I came home and brewed up a clubhouse coffee to sip as I write this.
After a period of deliberation, I’ve decided to close the CABC instagram account and at some point will be taking this webpage offline.
I don’t want to make a big deal out of this, I considered just disappearing it all without any sort of comment, but felt that for those of you who have expressed support or that I’ve become friends with via the internet and/or the club, I though a small note of explanation was owed in return.
Suffice to say that although the club was very much about positive mojo and solving problems via bikes, it has – for me – created some problems and challenges. Some I’ve discussed publicly, some not. I tend to be impulsive, so coming up on a year in September of having launched the club, I gave myself a set period of reflection to decide how to move forward and having done that I’ve decided on the action taken.
I’m sorry if this causes consternation or sadness for anyone, but I take some solace in the fact that if that is the case, it only means that bikes have already gotten their hooks into you and I’m confident that you see the benefits and will continue to ride and spread the mojo. After all, it was never really about the club, it was about your relationship with bikes and what they did for you.
Rest assured that I’m well and 100% at peace with this decision. Life is just one big experiment and the club was the same. Some things worked, some didn’t. There were some surprise side-effects and we move on. I’ve no intention of stopping riding bikes and though a ‘failed’ experiment, it has only further clarified what bikes do for me.
In closing, thanks for your support of the club – and for many of you – other internet adventures like the Bike Commuter Cabal (another ‘experiment gone awry!) – and most of all for your friendship and the joy you express with riding bikes. I know you will continue to embody the tenet of Ride Action is Right action whether there is a club or not and will share that ethos as you see fit.
My intention is to post more here, on my site, however I’ve no idea what shape/form that will take and am leaving it to develop organically without expectations as best I can. You can always hit me via email if you want to reach out – I’d love to hear from you.
Take care of yourself and those around you, ride bikes, and keep in touch.