Initial Thoughts on Day 1 of Order to Stay at Home

Who’da thunk it?
When I was a kid riding and working on bicycles, my relatives and friends frequently said or implied that such activities would be left behind once I acquired a license to drive.
After nearly 28 seasons now working in a business classified by the IRS as “toys,” many state governments, including Ohio, explicitly classify what we do as “essential” to infrastructure.

Who’da thunk it?
Seven years ago, when we closed our full-scale operation in Chesterland, and I moved to a more isolated facility from which I could conduct mobile work, pick-ups and deliveries, and focus on creative endeavors in peace… That was a socially unacceptable business model. Most suppliers even today remain skeptical and hesitant to open accounts for models like mine, even with a dedicated commercial 2000 square-foot brick-&-mortar location, fully registered and insured from Day One. For the next couple weeks, at least, my business model is the only safe, legal, and reasonable way to conduct this “essential” business.

I am busy, and I have more than a few major projects I’m behind on and looking forward to using this time for catching up. That said, cycling is one of the few activities we can do right now, for transportation or exercise. If you need help getting your bike ready to ride for the season, I already have seven years of systems in place to safely help you do that under these conditions of quarantine.

For the record, I support the order to “Stay at Home.” It doesn’t thrill me, it’s going to hurt many of us, a lot, but believe it’s necessary in these unfortunate circumstances.

This is not an excuse to stop producing or creating, and even without the exemption, for those who have visited my workshop, you know I’m effectively working from my second home.

I received a parts shipment this morning, and been scrambling recently to ensure I have adequate materials for the next few weeks as supply lines crumble, just so I can stay busy on projects in my present queue.

Except for deliveries, or Diane when she visits me, my doors remain locked. For deliveries, I unlock the door and walk away, thanking the drivers when they deposit the packages, and then re-locking after they leave. This is how its done.

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