Here's wishing each and every one who reads this a happy, healthy and blessed New Year! Your visits and comments are greatly appreciated and valued!
More than a year after starting this blog -- with only the vaguest notions of why or what might be accomplished -- you and I are still here. That in itself is something.
In some ways, mikespokes settled in to a kind of niche: thoughts of reviewing products and being a voice in the cycling world were shed like the unrealistic nonsense they were. In others, the search for a viewpoint continues. There are definitely times when I question why anyone would want to read about my bikes and biking non-adventures. Heaven knows there are times when I tire of reading about other people's.
But every once in a while, there is a small story that seems worth telling, or a new trinket that seems worthy of sharing. On those occasions, I like to think somebody, somewhere is reading and maybe finds it interesting enough to come back now and then.
If not, no hard feelings! I'll continue to try to find items, photos and questions of interest to me and, hopefully, you. I will continue to have no opinion whatsoever on access issues, helmet use, cycling attire, frame geometry or trends. I will still avoid the irritating blog practice of asking you questions in transparent hope of boosting comment counts.
One day, maybe in the New Year, I'll stumble upon a viewpoint!
Here's a quick look back at key (or maybe random) moments from 2010. Some new additions, one departure, fun rides with family and another year of God-given health and happiness.