Back when I learned of our plans to start a shop blog I was full of excitement. I’ve always been a reader with a fairly broad taste in subject matter and have written many short stories over the years. Being able to write a blog was something that I could hardly wait to get started on. As far as bike related subject matter was concerned, the possibilities were going to be endless.

So… here I am. My first “get your feet wet” blog post.

scott burns

You see the smiling cyclist in this photo? The snapshot of elation in a moment of glory? His name is Scott Burns. I just got back from attending his funeral.

The event at hand chose my first topic for me.

Scott is the son-in-law of my girlfriend’s brother. He is also a local cyclist. I never got to know him personally, but over the course of this morning’s service, I was shown the kind of man that Scott Burns was.

A devoted family man (the service was packed with friends and relatives), he enjoyed a wide variety of outdoor activities, only one of which was cycling. It was said that he was the type of guy who did it all with zest. A “go big or go home” type of personality. I remember the first time that I drove to his house. There in the driveway was a sweet, bright red, vintage Volkswagen Beetle. “Go big or go home”. Both his bike and his bug were with him at the funeral home.

Scott isn’t the first cyclist that I’ve said goodbye to. When I first made the move back to Ontario, I met a friendly local mountain biker (and motorcycle racer) by the name of Pat Chin. He passed away in 2009 (how time flies). Both he and Scott fought their battles with cancer. A few years ago Cole Slavin, a young local bmx rider, passed away far too soon.

Funerals tend to make us painfully aware of our own mortality. It’s hard to imagine not being able to do the things that we enjoy doing. Grab your bike and go for a ride in the autumn sunshine. There might come a day when you no longer can. While you’re at it, be sure to add in a few crank strokes for Scott. I’ll bet he’d be pleased.

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