We got a fantastic package of letters from a 3rd grade class delivered to work today, all from kids who were writing with questions about bikes, and stories about their bikes. There are too many to list here, but I thought I’d share a few inspiring, thoughtful, and playful highlights. But first, a few answers to the most commonly asked questions:
1. How many bikes do you have? I have six, at the moment: two road bikes, two mountain bikes, a track bike, and a cyclocross bike.
2. Do you have to glue or tape [your bikes] together? We never use tape, but sometimes on some of our bikes, we use glue that is so strong it could hold an elephant to the ceiling.
3. Do you get to ride at work? Yes, every day at lunch time we go for a ride.
4. How much does your fastest bike cost? A tough question, because the bike is only as fast as the rider can pedal. But I would say that the fastest looking bike is our carbon fiber Transition. They cost between $3,300 and $8,800. If you want to see pictures, you can find them on our website! Here’s one:
And now, some excerpts, first from Tyler who rides a fixie:
Next up, from Cassie who asked that we not tell anyone that she didn’t take off her training wheels until she was 7. Got news for you Cassie: lots of kids keep them longer than that! Cassie will be a pro racer, because she just wants us to make a 10-lb Tarmac SL2. In her size, it might be!
Sarah’s dad clearly keeps her in the loop on pro racing as well, so I suspect this 3rd grade class is going to develop into a lot of fast athletes in the future:
Brandon has different interests, he’s more into skateboarding. Guess what? That’s cool too. Just remember to wear a helmet, whether you’re skating or riding, okay?
Michael wrote to us with some sweet color ideas, perhaps he’s got a future in our graphic design department. His letter said that he and his sister both ride Specialized bikes! Awesome!
Mia wrote in her letter about things she likes. We appreciate independent thinkers. I bet she doesn’t color inside the lines, either. And let me tell you Mia, I never did either. And now I work for a bike company and get to ride my bike a lot! And because she asked: Mia, my favorite bike memory is when I got my first 10-speed, a red one that my dad and I fixed and painted together.
Megan is a step ahead, she knows that biking is always good for the environment. No Megan, we don’t make scooters, but we do all ride with helmets whenever we ride. Hope you do too!
Natalie is already serious about riding: this 3rd grader can ride 4 miles!
Raphael measures distance in pedals – it takes him fifty to get to school! – and he’s faster than cars! Not only that, he likes reading AND math, so for sure he could be a bike engineer and design new bikes some day!
And while all the letters were fantastic, for so many reasons, I really loved this 3-word request from our distance rider Natalie. I think I’ll come to work tomorrow. But I’ll still ride at lunch.