When you're a kid waiting for Christmas, that last week or two takes for damn ever. As you get older, the passing of time seems go faster at an increasing rate. I hit two milestones this year. I guess they're milestones. That's what people tell me. I hit 50 years of age and Black Mountain Cycles has been open for five years. Five years ago on August 14, according to the first sale recorded in my accounting software. I didn't really know the exact date until I wondered about it this morning. Fifty years and five years. The shop has been open 1/10th of my life. Sounds very different in those terms.
It hasn't been easy. There were many times I had doubts, wondering what the hell I was doing in retail in a town of 350 people, leaving a job and career "in" the industry that allowed me to travel to many countries - all work, of course. Then things started changing. I received the first frames with the Black Mountain Cycles label I designed for myself instead of for another company early last year. This was my goal all along - my own unique, shop branded frames. Those doubts faded away as I became ultra-busy selling, building, shipping. Almost too much for a one-man shop, but not enough to add an employee. That's still my ultimate goal. Busy enough for one person to make a good living. Not so busy I need to hire someone.
I feel very fortunate with the shop. This blog has opened to doors to having a lot of visitors make it a point to come by the shop when they are in the area. I don't know if there are many shops that become destinations. I've had visitors from many countries and states who have heard about the shop or read these pages. Just a few days ago, some nice folks from Odessa, TX came by on their vacation and a guy stopped by who was told by his brother in Los Angeles to check out the shop.
In the mean time, I'm looking forward to the next five years of building bikes, fixing up crappy Burning Man bikes, expanding the line of Black Mountain Cycles frames (not too much, just enough), and enticing people to come out and visit Point Reyes Station for some of the great riding we have out here.
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