Bikes, Bikes and More Bikes

I have been meaning to write and share this post for a while but it never came to fruition. I guess being home and sick for the past three days is making me dream about feeling good, adventure, riding bicycles and thinking about bikes.

As of yesterday, it was exactly 6 months since I left QBP, my former place of employment for the past 25+ years. One of the reasons I left was to prioritize myself and my well being and to hopefully regain my fitness. I’m happy to say that all of those things are in process and I have one added benefit that wasn’t on my original list; I have re fallen in love with the bicycle and all things bikes.

My purpose in leaving Q was not specifically to find my passion for bikes again. It was really more focused on health and well being. However, I quickly became consumed in building bicycles, riding them and photographing them. I sold a bunch of my old stuff and purchased some new stuff. I often rode alone as I worked through changes and focused on building up some fitness and mental toughness. I also had a blast riding with friends. In the past 6 months I have spent a fair amount of time on the following bikes.

  • All-City cross & gravel road bike
  • Salsa Cutthroat drop bar mountain bike
  • Salsa Horsethief mountain bike
  • Knolly Cache gravel bike
  • Ibis Ripley Carbon mountain bike
  • Surly Wednesday fat bike

I also found that selling my old Q branded bikes helped me with closure so I sold both my Salsa Cutthroat as well as my Salsa Horsethief, two bikes I really loved. I also have two new bikes ordered to come in and build sometime in 2022. I’ll reveal those as they get built.

While my fitness is taking longer than I hoped to regain, I am once again in love with the bicycle. Honestly, for me, nothing even comes close in freeing my mind and helping my body feel freedom like a bicycle does. True freedom. Nothing helps me work through challenges and problems like a bicycle does. Nothing helps me focus my energy and thought like riding a bicycle does. Nothing helps me feel better about life and myself like a bicycle does. Hard to believe, but after 40+ years or riding bicycles, I still feel like a kid pedaling my 1st, 20″ wheeled, red Schwinn around the family farm.

And with that, here are a quite a few pics from last 6 months of riding my bike. No particular order to this gallery. Just pics as they appeared in my digital catalog. Click on any of them to go to slideshow mode! Enjoy!

Summer ’17 – Photo Dump

I know it’s been a ghost town here at Imaginegnat.com. Today, someone I share a common love of photography with asked me if I was still shooting and still planning to maintain my blog as he had checked back weekly for over a month without updates. Sorry folks. I am good but I have been BUSY!

My days have been filled mostly with cherishing moments with my kids and family. I have been riding quite a bit of mtn bike with my son, traveling to soccer games & tournaments and taking time for family.

I have also been really thinking about both bikes and photography. What they mean to me? How they go hand in hand to keep me energized and inspired? Why do I photograph and what is the purpose behind it. My thoughts continue to be to simplify, enjoy what I have now and be in the present.  Some serious stuff I know!

But in the end I really just ride bikes, take pictures, love my family and share because I continue to find value in organizing some thoughts and sharing them so that is what I am going to do today.  One big photo dump showing you all what I’ve been up too and prove I still know how to use the gear I own.

Click on any image to go to slideshow mode.  Enjoy!

Gravel by Sunrise

While I am sitting here drinking coffee and processing images, a large number of my friends are riding Dirty Kanza. There was a brief moment where I was planning to go down there to do photography, be in the community and support my friends. In the end, I decided to stay on the path I am on and take care of myself by riding and shooting followed by being home and present this weekend.

In that vein of staying on the right track and taking care of myself, I got out again on Friday AM for a stunner of a morning. Simply beautiful. Unbelievable in fact. I think it was a gift for making a wise decision.

But as I write this, my friends are suffering and riding from sun up to sun down on the roads of Flint Hills.  While my joyful, shortish morning ride can’t compare to the beauty of the Flint Hills and the personal journeys that will occur today in Emporia, I am there with you all and here is my version of Gravel by Sunrise.

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For those riding Kanza, enjoy your special day. For those not riding DK, I sure hope you get out too and feel inspired.