Finding Freedom: Favorite Riding Moment Of 2010

As I look back over my crazy year of travel and riding, it is hard to really pick one moment of 2010. This past year has been so amazing in so many ways as I've been fortunate to ride cool bikes with cool people in cool places. But, most of those trips and memories are in some shape or form associated with work and as a result, they come with certain expectations. For me, those special moments are the times when I have no requirements or commitments. No requirements equals freedom on two wheels.

This past summer, just about every ride and every trip had some sort of expectation attached. Sure it was still riding and it was fun, but almost every ride or trip had a blog post in my mind, a picture for an ad or my wall, a product testing requirement, or a marketing need. Over the course of the summer, I can really only point to a few rides that had zero expectations attached. Those rides were my rides with my wife, son & daughter.

It's hard to really put into words what these rides mean to me. Part of my joy of riding with my kids is simply the proud parent. I love to see my kids riding. I am amazed at how they overcome fear and simply do it. They get tired and then they push beyond. They fall and they get back up. They continue to try to go further and faster.

Over the course of the summer, I got to ride with my kids a handful of times. My favorite moments are when I got a chance ride individually with each of them. It gave me a chance to talk and ride with them. Encourage them. Teach them. Learn from them. By the end of the fall, my kids got to be quite good mountain bikers and our rides got longer and faster.

The last picture above is my favorite riding moment of 2010. Not only was that day simply perfect and beautiful. It is the day my son "got it" and "felt it". It's the point he found freedom on two wheels. It was my favorite day of the entire year and my most memorable bike ride of 2010.

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Jason Boucher

Jason Boucher

Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.


MG | December 17th, 2010

You’re really fortunate to be able to have your kids to keep your riding grounded… to constantly remind you that it’s supposed to be fun!  Because I know very well how we can cloud the fun with our expectations and the junk we bring into our riding from our everyday lives… So it’s very cool that you take the time to enjoy the gifts that you’ve been blessed with.

Thanks for the great photos and stories, Gnat.  Keep pushing the fun of riding and you’ll continue to reap the bounty of the seeds you’ve sewn.

Thanks again,

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Alby King | December 21st, 2010

Your account is similar to my favorite ride this year.  I took my 8 year old daughter out for a “real” ride out on the back roads.  At times I was anxious - but at the same time very proud of her grounded perception of the situation and joy of freedom. Is there anything better as a child than the virtual wings of a bike?  I reckon not.

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