Monday, August 01, 2005

Back in the Bike Business

I never thought I would return to the bike biz after leaving it in June of 2004 to join the team at Beacon Power. I spent about two and a half years in bicycle retail; the 2002 summer season with the great crew of The Cycle Loft in Burlington, MA, followed by almost two years at Harris Cyclery in W. Newton, MA.

Passion for one's vocation...isn't that what we all strive for? In the end, that's what brought me back. I did not feel the fire burning for renewable energy, despite it's critical importance to the future health of our planet.

The opportunity for me to leap back into the bike industry presented itself unexpectedly. It was clear that my reasons for joining the Beacon Power team were not as well researched and thought out as they should have been. My expectations were not being met. It was also clear to me that my affinity for cycling was not going away. It is appealing, isn't it; surrounded by the things that one is truly passionate about. As with any vocation, it is not all fun and games as we may like to idealize. The same challenges that face businesses in any industry surface in the bike business as well. I suppose there is something to be said for working the extra hours to solve problems and innovate within an industry that one cares about.

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